Alicia Keys Fends Off P. Diddy, D12 At No. 1

Alicia Keys' "Songs in A Minor" (J) is back at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The debut set from the R&B singer benefits from a 28% increase in sales over last week, selling 222,000 units in the U.S.

Alicia Keys' "Songs in A Minor" (J) is back at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The debut set from the R&B singer benefits from a 28% increase in sales over last week, selling 222,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. With P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Family arriving at No. 2 with "The Saga Continues" (Bad Boy/Arista), last week's chart topper, D12's "Devil's Night" (Shady/Interscope), slips to No.3.

By jumping back to No. 1, "Songs in A Minor" accomplishes the unusual feat of rebounding as one of the chart's greatest sales gainer's after a declining week. The surge can be attributed, in part, to her single "Fallin'," which is the Billboard Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio. The cut jumps 30-14 on that chart as well as 8-2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally. "Songs in A Minor" is also No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a third week

P. Diddy doesn't quite best the first week numbers of his last Puff Daddy set, "Forever," which sold 205,000 copies in September 1999 and has moved 1.4 million copies to date. P. Diddy's current set also bows at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally. The album's first single, "Bad Boy for Life" featuring Black Rob and Mark Curry, makes its debut this week on the Hot 100, landing at No. 70. The cut is No. 26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.

Also making a powerful first-week impression on The Billboard 200 is Melissa Etheridge's "Skin" (Island/IDJMG), which debuts at No. 9 on the strength of 83,000 units sold. That's a bit of a decrease from her previous effort, "Breakdown," which sold 100,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 12 in October 1999.

Lil' Romeo's self-titled Soulja/Priority debut, last week's top newcomer on The Billboard 200, is the victim of a 14% sales decrease, slips 8-6. The young rapper's 10-week reign atop Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart comes to an end this week, with D12's "Purple Hills" moving into the top spot.

Southern California hard rock group Linkin Park makes it to the top-10 of The Billboard 200 for the first time with "[Hybrid Theory]" (Warner Bros.). The album, which debuted last November at No. 16, has sold more than 2.3 million units, and lands at No. 10 this week. The band's latest single, "Crawling," is at No. 3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally.

Elsewhere on the album chart, young punk act Sum-41 rockets 30-16 with "All Killer No Filler" (Island/IDJMG), and the self-titled Parlophone/Virgin debut from U.K. cartoon band Gorillaz enjoys a 40-29 leap. Two underground rock favorites make their highest-ever showings on The Billboard 200, as Built to Spill debuts at No. 94 with "Ancient Melodies of the Future" (Warner Bros.), and Saves the Day lands at No. 100 with "Stay What You Are" (Vagrant).

Usher has command of the Hot 100 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for a fourth straight week with "U Remind Me." With his forthcoming Arista album "8701" due out the first week in August, his single should continue to perform well. His challengers on the Hot 100 include Blu Cantrell, at No. 2 for a second straight week with "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops)," and O-Town's "All or Nothing," which jumps 9-3 this week and is the chart's fastest-growing track at radio.

The Hot 100's top debut is Jay-Z's "IZZO (H.O.V.A.)" at No. 59. Other noteworthy debuts include 3 Doors Down's "Be Like That" at No. 72, Fuel's "Bad Day" at No. 73, Blink-182's "The Rock Show" at No. 74, Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair" at No. 76, and Ginuwine's "Differences" at No. 79.

Lonestar's "I'm Already There" enters a sixth straight week atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally, while the quartet's album of the same name is No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. It has settled in behind the Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which is number one for a 13th, non-consecutive week.

Staind's "It's Been Awhile" is now in its 14th consecutive week at No. 1 on the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, the longest any cut has managed to stay at the top of both charts simultaneously.

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