Musiq, Lauryn Hill Storm The Charts
Musiq leads The Billboard 200 with a No. 1 debut for his sophomore set, "Juslisen" (Def Soul), which sold 260,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The artist, formerly known as MusiqMusiq leads The Billboard 200 with a No. 1 debut for his sophomore set, "Juslisen" (Def Soul), which sold 260,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The artist, formerly known as Musiq Soulchild, has seen his fan base grow tremendously since "Aijuswanaseing" opened at No. 32 in 2000 on sales of 56,000 units. "Juslisen" also bows at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B Hip-Hop Albums tally.
"Aijuswanaseing" peaked at No. 24 but ultimately went on to sell more than 1.5 million units. Musiq's current single, "halfcrazy," moves 6-4 on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and 26-24 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Settling in behind Musiq is Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" (Epic), which rebounded with a mighty 41% sales increase to 143,000 units and moves up 6-2. In just seven weeks the album has passed the 1.5 million units mark. Its title track dips 29-33 on the Hot 100.
It has been almost four years since Lauryn Hill debuted at No. 1 with her record-breaking solo debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (Columbia). That album sold 423,000 units in its first week and a massive 6.1 million units to date in the U.S. Topping that would be nearly impossible, but Hill makes a solid showing with her second effort, "MTV Unplugged 2.0," from her recent MTV special. Without benefit of significant radio airplay, and largely lackluster reviews, it manages to debut at No. 3 on sales of 122,000 units and No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums survey.
Arriving just outside the top-10 on The Billboard 200 is veteran hip-hop trio Naughty By Nature's "iicons." The group's first set for TVT sold 49,000 units, driven by the success of the current single "Feels Good (Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing)," which begins its fifth-straight week atop Billboard's Hot Rap Singles tally. "iicons" lands at No. 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums count.
Troubadour Tom Waits has a strong showing on The Billboard 200 as his dual Anti-/Epitaph sets "Blood Money" and "Alice" debut back-to-back at No.'s 32 and 33, after both sold slightly more than 30,000 units. Add the two together and Waits winds up with his best week ever on the big chart. His critically acclaimed 1999 album "Mule Variations" arrived at No. 30 on the tally.
Coal Chamber's third effort "Dark Days" (Roadrunner/IDMG) pierces The Billboard 200 at No.34, down from the No. 22 entry of 1999's "Chamber Music." Other notable new releases this week include Kellie Coffey's "When You Lie Next to Me" (BNA) at No. 54, the hard rock compilation from last year's Family Values Tour (The Label/Elektra) at No. 55, Foreigner's "Complete Greatest Hits" (Atlantic) at No. 80, and Earshot's debut Warner Bros. set "Letting Go" at No. 82.
Kenny Chesney's former No. 1 album "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (BNA) slips 3-5 on The Billboard 200 on an 18% sales decline to 102,000 units, yet maintains its grip on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Over on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup, Alan Jackson's "Dive (For Daddy Gene)" displaces Toby Keith's "My List" at the top, ending Keith's five-week reign.
Ashanti's self-titled debut (Murder Inc./Def Jam) slipped a modest 10% to 115,000 units and moves down 2-4 on The Billboard 200. Her single "Foolish" holds at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the sixth week and the ninth on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl" is No. 2 on both of those charts, and his new album, "We Invented the Remix" (Bad Boy/Arista), is set to battle Cam'ron's "Come Home with Me" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" featuring Ashanti, but the cut falls 2-3 due to the strong radio performance of "I Need a Girl." The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio is Nelly's "Hot in Herre," jumping 25-11, but it's Eminem's "Without Me" that makes it into the top-10, strolling 20-9. Also entering the top-10 for the first time is Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle," which skips 12-8.
The Hot 100's top debut is Craig David's "Walking Away" at No. 62. Other notable debuts include Korn's "Here To Stay" at No. 72, Pilar Montenegro's "Quitame Ese Hombre" at No. 74, Brooks & Dunn's "My Heart Is Lost to You" at No. 75, and Puddle Of Mudd's "Drift & Die" at No. 76.
Unwritten Law tops Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally for the third-straight week with "Seein' Red," while Godsmack's "I Stand Alone" begins its second week in a row at No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally. Rush's "One Little Victory" climbs 12-10 to become the group's 20th top-10 hit on the latter chart.