Former B2K frontman Omarion's solo career makes a grand entrance this week, as the debut album "O" bows on top of The Billboard 200. The T.U.G./Epic/Sony Music set sold 182,000 copies in the United St
Former B2K frontman Omarion's solo career makes a grand entrance this week, as the debut album "O" bows on top of The Billboard 200. The T.U.G./Epic/Sony Music set sold 182,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 72,000 more than last week's No. 1, Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" which falls to No. 2.
With his since-imploded R&B/pop boy band, Omarion went as far as No. 2 on the album chart with B2K's 2002 self-titled debut, which started with sales of 109,000. The group's best-selling album to date is that year's follow-up, "Pandemonium!," which has sold 1.2 million.
It's not all album glory for Omarion, as the set's title track is climbing Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot 100 charts, reaching No. 13 and No. 35 this week, respectively.
After a historic move to No. 1 following a triumphant Grammy Awards that saw "Genius Loves Company" take eight awards, sales of Charles' final Concord/Hear Music studio album slid 51% last week to 110,000.
Green Day suffered a similar fate at the cash register, as "American Idiot" (Reprise) came up 46% lighter at 109,000 units and falls to No. 3.
The Game sees his Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope debut "The Documentary" drop to No. 4 on a 20% decline to sales of 105,000. The rapper is newly embroiled in controversy as mentor 50 Cent publicly dropped the rapper from his G-Unit crew during a New York radio interview on Monday, which may have led to the shooting of an unidentified man in 50 Cent's entourage.
Buzzing in at No. 5 is Tori Amos' second Epic effort, "The Beekeeper." The set's first-week sales of 83,000 copies are not the songstress' highest, as 1996's "Boys for Pele" started at No. 2 with 109,000. That Atlantic album has sold 1 million to date, while her best-selling album remains 1992's "Little Earthquakes" at 1.9 million.
Taking a 7-6 move, John Legend's "Get Lifted" (Columbia) squeezes in between this week's two top 10 entries despite a 12% sales dip to 80,000.
The other top tier debut is Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 7" (Razor & Tie) at No. 7. At 74,000 copies, the 18-track compilation -- which includes covers of Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me," Black Eyed Peas' "Let's Get It Started" and the Usher/Alicia Keys duet "My Boo" -ñ scores the franchise's biggest sales week and highest chart position so far.
Last year's "Kidz Bop Kids 6" opened at No. 23 with 37,000. To date, the franchise has sold 4.2 million units.
Rounding out the top 10, Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) holds at No. 8 for a second week despite an 11% slide to 70,000; 3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) falls 6-9 on a 35% drop to 68,000; and Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) is No. 10 for the second week even though it suffered a 15% dip to 64,000 units.
Further down the chart, New No Limit/Koch rap act Tru's "Truth" enters at No. 54 with sales of 20,000 copies. As part of Master P's original No Limit label, the trio scored its highest bow in 1999 with "Da Crime Family," which entered at No. 5 with 139,000 copies and has sold 850,000 to date.
Tru labelmates Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone also enter this week at No. 60 with "Bone Brothers," which moved 18,000 copies.
Kings Of Leon's long-awaited sophomore set "Aha Shake Heartbreak" (RCA) earns the band its highest Billboard 200 bow at No. 55 with 20,000 units. The Tennessee quartet made its full-length debut in 2003 with "Youth & Young Manhood," which started at No. 113 with 11,000 units and has sold 126,000 to date. The group is headlining U.S. dates through March.
Other Billboard 200 bows include the Side One Dummy compilation "Atticus: Dragging the Lake Vol. 3" (No. 63); Los Lonely Boys' "Live at the Fillmore" (Sony, No. 69); Thievery Corporation's "The Cosmic Game" (Eighteenth Street Lounge, No. 94); and Chely Wright's "Metropolitan Hotel" (Dualtone, No. 96).
Overall U.S. album sales were down 12% from the previous week at 11.2 million units, down 11% from the same week last year. At 8.9 million units, 2005 sales are 10.5% below 2004.