Starting right behind at No. 2 is Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" with 250,000. The Def Jam effort comes on the heels of two No. 1 bows for the artist: 2006 debut "In My Own Words" (301,000) and 2007's "Because of You" (251,000). New single "Miss Independent" continues to climb the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally, moving 16-5 in this latest frame, while first single "Closer" sits at No. 7 on the Hot 100.

Nelly's "Brass Knuckles" (Derrty/Universal Motown), the rapper's first studio set since 2004, enters at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 84,000. Four years ago, he dropped two separate albums on the same day -- "Suit" and "Sweat" - which debuted at Nos. 1 and 2 with 396,000 and 342,000, respectively.

Young Jeezy's "The Recession" (Def Jam) falls 2-6 on The Billboard 200 with 60,000, a 33% sales decline. DJ Khaled notches his third straight top 15 album as "We Global" (We the Best/Def Jam) enters at No. 7 with 49,000. His first two charting albums -- 2006's "Listennn: The Album" and 2007's "We the Best" -- debuted and peaked at Nos. 12 and 8, respectively.

Lil Wayne's Cash Money effort "Tha Carter III" slips 9% in sales and descends 8-9 with 43,000 while the Game's "LAX" (Geffen) moves 7-10 with 42,000 (-16%), according to Billboard.