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Lil Wayne makes big jump to No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being came out two weeks ago, and off internet sales alone it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Last week it plummeted to No. 16, but now that physical copies have been released in stores the album rockets up to No. 1 this week, selling 125,000 copies.

Darius Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966 opens at No. 2, moving 101,000 units. Nickelodeon TV stars Big Time Rush’s debut B.T.R. sold 67,000 copies and comes in at No. 3. The Band Perry’s self-titled debut enters at No. 4 with 53,000 albums moved. Sufjan StevensAge of Adz comes in at No. 7. The set begins by selling 36,000 units. And rock band All That Remains’ For We Are Many rounds out the top 10, debuting with a career high 29,000 records sold. Toby Keith, last week’s No. 1, falls to No. 9. His Bullets in the Gun sold 30,000 copies. Eminem‘s Recovery drops a spot to No. 5 with 50,000 sets moved. Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey sold 40,000 units and drops four rungs to No. 6. And Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give slips three slots to No. 8 It only sold 34,000 sets.

Are you at all surprised about Lil Wayne big leap to the top? Let us know.

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Toby Keith tops Billboard 200 albums chart

Country singer Toby Keith tops the Billboard 200 albums chart with his Bullets in the Gun, selling 71,000. Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey, last week’s chart-topper, falls to No. 2 with 65,000. Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans enters at No. 3 with 55,000. With its lead single, “Just the Way You Are,” spending three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and download popularity nearing double platinum status, this is a bit disappointing opening week for him. You’d think that with millions all over the country humming his tunes, at least 10-15% of them would support his album.

Waka Flocka Flame’s debut album Flockaveli comes in at No. 6 with 37,000 copies sold. Eminem‘s Recovery moves up a spot to No. 4, moving 52,000 units sold. Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give drops two places to No. 5 with 43,000 albums sold. While Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns sold 37,000 and jumps up one place to No. 7. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream shoots up from No. 18 to No. 8, selling 32,000 copies. Moving 32,000 album’s Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure falls two spots to No. 9.  Selena Gomez & the Scene’s A Year Without Rain remains at No. 10 with 27, 000 sets sold.

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Toby Keith also surprised by his own participation in Sarah Palin's show. (LL Cool J feels his pain.)

Mere moments after LL Cool J informed the world — and, apparently, Fox News — that he had no intention of being a part of Sarah Palin’s upcoming show, Real American Stories, the good people over at HitFix spoke to country music singer Toby Keith, who’s also featured in the show’s promos. According to HitFix, “Keith, who says he’s a registered Democrat, was not told about the usage of a past interview for Palin’s program. ‘We were never contacted by Fox,’ his rep tells Hitfix. ‘I have no idea what interview it’s taken from. They’re promoting this like it’s a brand new interview. He never sat down with Sarah Palin.'”

Unlike LL, Keith’s segment is expected to stay in the show, but we’re secretly hoping Fox will put out a press release wishing him luck on his “fledgling music career” anyway.

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Toby Keith, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, and the ACM press-room fracas

Tobykeithcma_lAs though Tim McGraw’s decision to pull out of the show and Jamie Foxx’s on-stage rant weren’t enough, there was even more drama backstage at last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, when Toby Keith entered the press room and decided to take a little personal time to holler at Tennessean writer Peter Cooper about a blog post he’d written over the weekend.

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Some quick background: Actor Ethan Hawke wrote a story about Kris Kristofferson in this month’s Rolling Stone (it’s not online), in which he told of witnessing a near-altercation between Kristofferson and a country star who, as Hawke put it, then had "a monster hit about bombing America’s enemies back into the Stone Age." Cooper used that tidbit to write a blog item in which he declared that country star could be none other than Toby Keith — or, as he called him, "Moby Teeth." Both Kris and Toby/Moby took issue with Cooper’s item, the former writing Cooper a very nice letter explaining he couldn’t recall the incident at all, and the latter using his moment before every reporter at the ACMs to drop about a thousand f-bombs on Cooper… who was bravely seated in the very front row.

You can read Cooper’s take and Kristofferson’s letter on the Tennessean blog; HitFix’s Melinda Newman has a great run-down of the press room play-by-play on her site. Rolling Stone is standing by their story. Ethan Hawke is, as of right now, not responding to requests for comment. But I emailed Cooper today to ask if he had any further response, and he sent the following:

"Rolling Stone is standing by its story and its fact-checking. I never reported anything, only ran a celeb item pointing people to the Rolling Stone story, with some humor, and Toby seemed more upset wth me than with Rolling Stone. Odd. I felt ill-equipped for the conversation, mostly because of my choice of manly footwear. Next time I will wear running shoes."

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