If it’s Friday, it must be time for PopWatch’s latest Winner of the Week. So which entertainer had the most successful week this time around? I’m handing the crown to Atlanta rapper T.I. Check it out: His album Paper Trail debuted at No. 1 with 568,000 copies sold, the year’s third-biggest one-week sales figure to date and the biggest sales week of T.I.’s entire career. On top of that, his single “Live Your Life” leaped from No. 80 to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, setting a new record for the highest jump to the top in chart history — a record previously held by T.I.’s last single, “Whatever You Like,” which he just bumped down to No. 2. Not bad, right? Of course, sales charts and commercial profits aren’t everything, which is why it’s also important to note that Paper Trail is a very dope album featuring some of Tip’s cleverest wordplay in years, and the man deserves every bit of success he sees with it.
Okay, sorry, CBS, that means you have to hand over your Winner of the Week title from last week to T.I. now. (Why am I talking to an inanimate network entity as if it were a person with feelings? Good question!) And PopWatchers, please go ahead and nominate your own Winners of the Week — either people you think should have won this past week, or people you’re betting on to win the coming week — in the comments below. See you next Friday!