Ludacris and Ja Rule both will return to the top 10 and Busta Rhymes will move up 18 spots when next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart is released. Ludacris’ Word of Mouf will come in at the No. 4 spot after spending last week at No. 16 thanks to selling more than 228,000 copies in the week after Christmas.
Ja Rule’s Pain Is Love also will jump 12 chart positions after moving 184,000 units to take the No. 8 spot. But Busta Rhymes’ Genesis was the week’s greatest gainer, jumping from No. 44 to No. 26 by selling more than 100,000 copies, while Outkast’s Big Boi & Dre Present… will pick up 16 places to land at No. 21.
Nas will drop to No. 9 despite selling a respectable 183,000 copies of Stillmatic in its second week to push it past gold status. Jermaine Dupri’s Instructions was on the brink of leaving the chart last week at No. 199, but the album made a significant rally despite only increasing sales by 2,000 to rise to No. 128.