The album will be his 10th Billboard chart-topper, according to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart, released today (November 7). That will tie him with Elvis for second place among artists with the most No. 1 albums. The Beatles hold the top spot with 19.
Unweighted sales for American Gangster stood at 179,000 yesterday, according to the Building Chart's panel of reporters. That's the third largest figure seen on the Wednesday Building Chart since SoundScan began compiling it in September. Only Kanye West's first-day numbers for Graduation (437,000) and 50 Cent's Curtis (310,000) scored bigger.
Billboard estimates that the merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart — Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, CircuitCity, iTunes, Border's, Target, Anderson Merchandisers, and Handleman Co. — represent 79% of the U.S. retail market.