Tymers Score Big With No. 1 Debut
New Orleans hip-hop duo Big Tymers soar to the top of The Billboard 200 for the first time with "Hood Rich" (Cash Money/Universal), which sold 160,000 units in its first week in the U.S., according toNew Orleans hip-hop duo Big Tymers soar to the top of The Billboard 200 for the first time with "Hood Rich" (Cash Money/Universal), which sold 160,000 units in its first week in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The album, which knocks Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (BNA) from the top, also arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Albums chart, ending Ashanti's four-week reign with her self-titled Murder Inc/Def Jam set.
Big Tymers 's last album, "I Got That Work," opened at No. 3 in June 2000 but moved slightly more units (187,000). The first single from the new set, "Still Fly," is No. 19 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and No. 57 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Ashanti's set holds at No. 2, although it slipped 11% in sales to 128,000 copies. The single "Foolish" is No. 1 for an eighth week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and No. 1 for a fifth week on Billboard's Hot 100. Sales of the album have passed 1.2 million copies in just five weeks.
Two other albums debut in the top-10 of The Billboard 200, led by the "Spider-Man" soundtrack (Columbia/Roadrunner/Island Def Jam/Sony Music Soundtrax). The set slings its way to No. 4 on sales of 112,000 units, closely following recent top-10 debuts by albums from "The Scorpion King" and "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones."
The film "Spider-Man" broke box-office records in its first week in theaters; now the soundtrack's first single, "Hero" by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, is the highest debut on the Hot 100 at No. 69. The track is already top-10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and moves 21-13 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks roundup.
Young pop singer Vanessa Carlton makes a strong debut at No. 5 with her first album, "Be Not Nobody" (A&M), on sales of 102,000 units. Carlton also rises to No. 5 on the Hot 100 with her first single, "A Thousand Miles," a new peak position in its 12th week on the tally.
Other newcomers on The Billboard 200 include Ali's "Heavy Starch" (Fo' Reel/Universal) at No. 24, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio's self-titled Elektra solo debut at No. 45, Blackalicious' "Blazing Arrow" (MCA) at No. 49, and C-Murder's "Tru Dawgs" (D3/Riviera) at No. 67.
Last week's No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," slips to No. 3, after dropping 47% to sales of 125,000 units, a typical second-week fall-off for a big album. The album maintains its grip on top of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, while the single "Young" drops 4-3 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks count. Toby Keith's "My List" is No. 1 on that tally for the fifth-straight week.
Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (Nonesuch) checks out of the top-20 of The Billboard 200, drifting from No. 13 to No. 34 after a 44% sales dip to 31,000 units. Still, it's an impressive second-week showing --likely bolstered by a performance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" -- that brings Wilco's two-week total to 86,000 units, more than half of the 166,000 copies 1999's "Summerteeth" (Reprise) has sold to date.
With Ashanti maintaining her grip on the Hot 100, the heaviest chart movement occurs further down, where Eminem's "Without Me" blasts 44-20 in its second week on the chart. It's the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio, but not surprisingly, the track is performing best on crossover markets; "Without Me" is only No. 43 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is the Calling's "Wherever You Will Go," but the single actually loses ground on the chart, sliding 15-21. Despite strong sales, the retail performance of the song isn't enough to outweigh the fact that radio play is waning on it, as "Wherever You Will Go" skids 17-22 on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay tally.
Unwritten Law tops Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally for the second straight week with "Seein' Red." On Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, Godsmack's "I Stand Alone" jumps 4-1 to displace Nickelback's "Too Bad," which had been No. 1 for three weeks in a row.