For the sixth time in her career, Janet Jackson earns a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200, as "Discipline" debuts with 181,000. She's now in second place among female artists for the most No. 1 albums (tied with Madonna) behind Barbra Streisand's eight chart-toppers ... Erykah Badu and Webbie both bow in the top four of the chart while Shawty Lo starts in the top 20 ... Country legend Dolly Parton nabs her highest charting album since 1993 as "Backwoods Barbie" storms The Billboard 200 at No. 17 ... The Original Broadway Cast Recording of "The Little Mermaid" wakes waves at No. 26 on The Billboard 200 -- the highest charting cast album since "Rent" started at No. 19 in 1996.
Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" enjoys a third week atop the Billboard 200 while Alicia Keys' "As I Am" seems unstoppable in its 15th week on the chart ... The latest installment of the "Kidz Bop Kids" title strikes while Chris Cagle and Jim Jones bow in the top 20 ... We've also got updates on Reba McEntire, Jonas Brothers, Nickelback, Queen Latifah, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Gnarls Barkley and 3 Doors Down.
Ol' Dirty Bastard is gone, but his spirit looms large over "The 8 Diagrams," the Wu-Tang Clan's first album since 2001. The set is due in October via SRC. "He left a piece of himself in each and every one of us," group member RZA tells Billboard.
Daughtry returns to No. 1 as a bland Feb. 27 release slate generates a sleepy Billboard 200 chart ... Nelly Furtado returns to the top 10 on the big chart for the first time since August ... Ciara makes a big jump ... We've got a look at the next month's worth of big album releases ... In Progress Reports, we have news on the return of a "Better" Guns N' Roses to the radio charts, Hilary Duff's fragrant debut and John Mayer's "World" record week on the AC/Adult Contemporary chart.
In yet another week where no album sold more than 100,000 copies, Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut flip-flops with Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note) to reclaim the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200. The Daughtry album inched up 6.6% to sales of 90,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, scoring its second non-consecutive week at the top.