After not releasing a new album for more than three years, Lupe Fiasco has now made a comeback with a grand entry on Billboard Hot 200. The rapper debuts at the first position on the U.S. albums chart, dethroning last week's champ Adele.
Lupe rules the chart with his third studio album "Lasers" which has sold 204,000 copies in its opening week. It becomes his highest-charting album and best sales week so far. His previous efforts "Food and Liquor" and "The Cool" peaked at No. 8 and No. 15 in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Adele is forced to leave the No. 1 place and sit at the runner-up spot as her sophomore set "21" adds another 133,000. The U.K. Grammy-winning singer previously reigned the chart for two weeks in a row with 352,000 copies in its first week and 168,000 copies in its second week.
Sitting behind Adele is the second highest new entry of this week, "Glee: The Music, Volume 5". The compilation CD bows at the third spot with 90,000. Avril Lavigne follows with her "Goodbye Lullaby" which rakes in 87,000 copies. R.E.M.'s "Collapse Into Now" lands at No. 5 with 57,000, and Sara Evans' "Stronger" arrives at No. 6 with 55,000.
Like Adele, the other holdovers who survive the ax also suffer from fall. Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More slips from No. 3 to No. 7, Marsha Ambrosius' "Late Nights, Early Mornings" jumps down to No. 8, Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never - The Remixes" drops to No. 9, and "Now 37: That's What I Call Music" compilation rounds up the top 10.