Valentine's Day and the extended U.S. President's Day weekend led music retailers to their strongest week this year, and Alan Jackson's "Drive" took full advantage. The Arista Nashville set cruises ba
Valentine's Day and the extended U.S. President's Day weekend led music retailers to their strongest week this year, and Alan Jackson's "Drive" took full advantage. The Arista Nashville set cruises back to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with a 23% sales burst to 184,000 units, according to SoundScan, its first increase since it was released five weeks ago. Jackson's jump pushes last week's No. 1, Jennifer Lopez's "J to Tha L-O!" (Epic), down to No. 3.
Jackson's "Drive" has yet to be surpassed in country markets, where it extends its reign at the top of Billboard's Top Country Albums tally to five-straight weeks. However, his single, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," again takes a hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The track falls 9-13 as Steve Holy's "Good Morning Beautiful" enters a fifth straight week at No. 1.
Despite Lopez's slide on The Billboard 200, "J to Tha L-O!" suffered a relatively minor second-week sales decrease of 14% to 134,000 units. The set also loses ground on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, where Ludacris' "Word of Mouf" (Def Jam) jumps up a spot to bump Lopez from No. 1. Meanwhile, Lopez's single "Ain't It Funny" featuring Ja Rule rises one notch to No. 3 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) has a mighty rebound on The Billboard 200, hopping 4-2 on a 31% sales gain to 144,000 units. The single "Bullets" is starting to show gains at radio, shooting 14-11 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally, where the group's former chart-topper "My Sacrifice" is at No. 7.
Enrique Iglesias' "Escape" soars 21-10 on The Billboard 200, riding a 67% sales gain to 82,000 units, while Pink's "M!ssundaztood" (Arista) and Puddle Of Mudd's "Come Clean" (Flawless/Geffen/Interscope) both showed 27% gains to land at No. 8 and No. 13, respectively. Puddle Of Mudd also maintains its grip on Billboard's rock airplay charts, with "Blurry" topping the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for a third week and the Modern Rock Tracks chart for a sixth.
Linkin Park's "[Hybrid Theory]" (Warner Bros.) is still showing plenty of life, selling 119,000 units to advance one slot to No. 4 in its 60th week on the chart. That's a 25% increase over last week for 2001's best selling album. Right behind it on the chart at No. 5 is Nickelback's "Silver Side Up," which enjoyed a 23% sales increase to 108,000 units. The group's "How You Remind Me" is No. 2 on the Hot 100, while the album's second single, "Too Bad," is No. 3 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks count.
The top debut on The Billboard 200 comes from singer/songwriter Chris Isaak, whose "Always Got Tonight" (Reprise) flies to No. 24 to score the highest chart entry of his career. No other album debuts in the top-100, but jazz act the Pat Metheny Group just misses at No. 101 with "Speaking of Now" (Warner Bros.), and Australian country singer Kasey Chambers follows closely at No. 104 with "Barricades & Brickwalls" (Warner Bros.).
Valentine's Day was kind to a number of releases, most notably Frank Sinatra's "Greatest Love Songs" (Reprise), which rockets 75-32 on the album roundup. Fellow candlelight-worthy artists such as opera singer Andrea Bocelli and jazz vocalist Diana Krall also post impressive gains. Bocelli's "Cieli Di Toscana" (Philips) glides 94-44 and Krall's "The Look of Love" (Verve) sails 81-50.
Leading the Hot 100 for a second week in a row is Ja Rule's "Always on Time" featuring Ashanti. The cut holds at the top due to strong airplay in crossover markets. On the urban side, however, "Always on Time" stumbles two rungs to No. 3. It is replaced by Mr. Cheeks' "Lights, Camera, Action!," which shoots 6-1 in its 26th week on the chart. "Lights, Camera, Action!," the beneficiary of a strong boost at retail, is also No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles tally.
In fact, the song is the Hot 100's fastest growing track at retail, and pierces the top-20 of the chart by moving 24-16. The fastest growing track at radio is Fat Joe's "What's Luv" featuring Ashanti, which rockets 36-23. "What's Luv" also records a 20-10 gain on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The top debut on the Hot 100 is "Wrong Impression" from Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia, which pulls in at No. 64. Other notable debuts include Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" at No. 73, Staind's "For You" at No. 75, Hoobastank's "Crawling in the Dark" at No. 77, Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" at No. 80, former Savage Garden principal Darren Hayes' "Insatiable" at No. 81, and Busta Rhymes' "Pass the Courvoisier Part II" featuring P. Diddy & Pharrell at No. 85.