THE-DREAM’S DEBUT: R&B hitmaker The-Dream, the driving force between some of the biggest hits of the last 10 years (Rihanna‘s “Umbrella,” Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” Bieber‘s “Baby”), lands at No. 16 with his latest album, IV Play. The-Dream’s best chart start came with 2009’s Love vs. Money, which began at No. 2, while its follow up Love King debuted at No. 4. IV Play, which features guest turns from Jay-Z, Beyonce, Big Sean, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz and more, sold 23,000 copies its first week.
SHELTON SURGES: Blake Shelton, who anchored last week’s televised concert to raise money for victims of the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes, sees his album Based on a True Story (not to be confused with 2 Chainz’ album of the same name) jump up 11 spots to No. 5 on this week’s albums chart. The set sold 49,000 copies on a 69 percent sales surge, bringing its 10-week sales total to 588,000. Shelton’s The Voice co-star Usher, who appeared with Shelton on the telecast, also sees his 2012 album Looking 4 Myself re-enter this week’s chart at No. 113 on sales of 3,000 copies. The album has sold 482,000 copies to date.