Ashanti Continues Quadruple Chart Reign
For a second straight week, Ashanti holds on to top spot on The Billboard 200 with her self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut, while her single "Foolish" once again leads Billboard's Hot 100. AlthoughFor a second straight week, Ashanti holds on to top spot on The Billboard 200 with her self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut, while her single "Foolish" once again leads Billboard's Hot 100. Although sales of "Ashanti" fell 51% to 246,000 units, according to SoundScan, the album remains No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, and "Foolish" continues its reign on top of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It's the second week in a row Ashanti has been No. 1 on these four charts.
Sales of Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" (Epic) slipped 14% to 226,000 copies, still allowing the title to sit comfortably at No. 2 on The Billboard 200. Tweet's "Southern Hummingbird" (The Gold Mine/Elektra) slips 3-5 after suffering a 52% sales hit to 93,000 units. Even so, the album easily retains its No. 2 position on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Meanwhile, the Goo Goo Dolls' "Gutterflower" (Warner Bros.) rockets to No. 4 on the strength of 101,000 units sold. This marks the Dolls' strongest bow on the chart, blowing by the 65,000 copies that 1998's "Dizzy Up the Girl" sold in its first week to enter the tally at No. 17. The high debut of "Gutterflower" was no doubt spurred by the success of the band's latest radio hit, "Here Is Gone," which is No. 20 on the Hot 100.
A pair of veteran rockers score their highest positions on The Billboard 200 in years, as Neil Young's "Are You Passionate?" soars to No. 10 and Bonnie Raitt's "Silver Lining" debuts at No. 13. Young's Reprise set sold 56,000 units and gives him his best chart entry since 1995's Pearl Jam-backed "Mirror Ball," which arrived at No. 5 on sales of 98,000 units. His last album, "Silver & Gold," sold 55,000 copies in May 2000 to debut at No. 22, and has gone on to sell 364,000 copies to date.
Raitt's Capitol album moved 54,000 units in its first week, and marks her best chart showing since "Longing in Their Hearts" became a No. 1 album in 1994. Her last set, 1998's "Fundamental," sold 57,000 units in its first week, but peaked at No. 17 on The Billboard 200.
Josh Groban's self-titled Warner Bros. album astonishes the industry by posting an incredible 121-12 jump on The Billboard 200. That's based on a 466% sales explosion to 56,000 units following an April 12 feature on the adult-oriented pop singer on ABC's "20/20." Groban has consistently benefited from television exposure, including an appearance on "Ally McBeal" and a duet with Charlotte Church during the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. His previous high mark on the album chart was No. 41.
There are no shocks on Billboard's Top Country Albums roundup, where the Lost Highway/Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" begins its 33rd non-consecutive week at the top of the list, again holding Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista Nashville) to No. 2. Tommy Shane Steiner's "Then Came the Night" (RCA) has a strong debut at No. 6 on that chart. On Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally, Toby Keith's "My List" racks up a second-straight week at No. 1.
As Ashanti awaits a challenger on the Hot 100, P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl (Part One)" jumps 11-6, and is the tally's fastest-growing track at radio. The chart's fastest-growing track at retail is Naughty By Nature's "Feels Good (Don't Worry Bout a Thing)" featuring 3LW, which scoots 76-74.
The top debut on the Hot 100 is Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Gonna Be Alright" featuring Nas at No. 69. Other newcomers include B2K's "Gots Ta Be" at No. 73, Donnell Jones' "You Know That I Love You" at No. 83, Britney Spears' "Overprotected" at No. 93, and Remy Shand's "Take a Message" at No. 94.
On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, Mary J. Blige scores her 14th top-10 single as "Rainy Dayz" featuring Ja Rule enjoys a one-slot bump to No. 10. Also moving into the top-10 is Avant's "Makin' Good Love," which bounces 12-9.
Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" is No. 1 for a third-straight week on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally and continues to climb the Hot 100, ascending 34-26 this week. On the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Puddle Of Mudd's "Blurry" surrenders the No. 1 crown to Nickelback's "Too Bad." Puddle Of Mudd had notched 10 weeks in command of the tally.