Big Sean, Kid Rock battle for No. 1 spot on album chart

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

It’s looking like a Detroit two-step at the top of this week’s album sales chart.

Big Sean and Kid Rock are battling it out for the week’s Nos. 1 and 2 chart positions, according to Hits magazine’s hitsdailydouble.com. The mag has Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise” edging out Kid Rock’s “First Kiss” for the chart’s No. 1 spot by only 1,000 sales, 135,577 to 134,575, according to its weekly Building Album Sales chart. Official sales figures, which Billboard magazine uses to determine its chart rankings, are due from Nielsen SoundScan Wednesday morning.

If the stats hold, it would mark Sean’s first No. 1 album. Both of his previous albums, 2011’s “Finally Famous” and 2013’s “Hall of Fame,” opened up at No. 3 on Billboard’s albums chart.

As for Rock, a No. 2 debut would be higher than his last two albums, 2012’s “Rebel Soul” and 2010’s “Born Free,” which both opened at No. 5. Rock has reached the chart summit once, with 2007’s “Rock and Roll Jesus.”

Rock has been edged out of the top spot by a fellow Detroiter once before. In June 2000, his “History of Rock” compilation debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, behind Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which was spending its second of eight weeks at No. 1.

Both “Dark Sky Paradise” and “First Kiss” were released Feb. 24.

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