Jennifer Lopez’s “J to Tha L-O!” ends the three-week run of Alan Jackson’s “Drive” atop The Billboard 200, and makes Lopez the first artist to rule the chart with a remix album. Lopez’ Epic album sold 156,000 copies, according to SoundScan, edging the 150,000 units of Jackson’s Arista Nashville set, which is now in the No. 2 position. “J to Tha L-O!” is also No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums.
J to Tha L-O!” easily set a record for first-week sales by a remix album, blowing by the 104,000 units sold last December by Limp Bizkit’s “New Old Songs” (Interscope). Lopez’ latest single, “Ain’t it Funny” featuring Ja Rule, holds at No. 4 on The Billboard Hot 100. About a year ago, her “J. Lo” arrived at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 272,000 units and has sold more than 3 million copies to date.
Veteran pop crooner Barry Manilow proves his enduring viability as his BMG Heritage/Arista hits set “Ultimate Manilow” soars to No. 3 after selling 113,000 units in its first week. This is the first time the singer has been in the top-5 since 1978’s “Even Now.” Last November, Manilow released an album of new songs, “At the Mayflower,” his first for the Concord label. The release debuted at No. 90 and spent three weeks on the chart.
Landing at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 66,000 units is Sade’s “Lover’s Live” (Epic). While far from the 370,000 first-week units sold by her latest studio album, “Lover’s Rock,” in December 2000, the new concert disc nonetheless scores Sade her seventh straight top-10 album.
Other notable newcomers on The Billboard 200 include the “Totally Country: 17 New Chart-Topping Hits” (BNA) compilation at No. 12, Mary J. Blige’s revamped “No More Drama” (MCA) at No. 20, and this year’s Grammy collection at No. 32.
A pair of albums received a mighty post-Super Bowl kick thanks to appearances during the big game. U2, who performed during the halftime break, sees “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (Interscope) rocket 66-25 on a 142% sales burst to 46,000 units. Meanwhile, Pepsi spokesperson Britney Spears, whose latest commercial for the soft drink maker premiered during the first quarter of the game, watches “Britney” (Jive) jump 25-17 on the album chart after a 40% bump.
Despite turning over the reigns of The Billboard 200 to Lopez, Jackson maintains his grip on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally, where “Drive” cruises to a fourth-straight week at No. 1, beating out the “Totally Country” hits set, which bows at No. 2. Meanwhile, on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks count, Steve Holy’s “Good Morning Beautiful” coasts to a fourth week in a row at the top, once again besting Brad Paisley’s “Wrapped Around.”
Ja Rule’s “Always on Time” featuring Ashanti swipes No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from Usher’s “U Got it Bad,” sending the latter down two positions to No. 3. “U Got it Bad” had held the top spot for six-straight weeks, but “Always on Time” has been on the march, rapidly gaining airplay in crossover markets.
“U Got it Bad,” however, extends its rule in urban markets to an eighth week in a row, once again topping Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks count. The cut faces some rising challengers in Brandy’s “What About Us?,” which flew to No. 3 in only six weeks, and Tweet’s “Oops (Oh My),” which spurts 11-4 this week due to last week’s retail release of the single.
The Hot 100’s fastest-growing track at retail for a second week in a row is “Uh Huh” from boy band B2K. The cut, which has been leading single sales for seven weeks, glides 48-38 on the chart. The Hot 100’s top debut comes from teen singer Michelle Branch, whose latest single, “All You Wanted,” arrives at No. 67.
Other notable Hot 100 debuts include Enrique Iglesias’ “Escape” at No. 70, Beanie Sigel’s “Roc the Mic” featuring Freeway at No. 73, Jaheim’s “Anything” featuring Next at No. 76, Tommy Shane Steiner’s “What if She’s an Angel?” at No. 76, and Phil Vassar’s “That’s When I Love You” at No. 77.
Jonell’s “Round and Round” featuring Method Man tops Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles tally for an eighth-straight week, while Puddle of Mudd once again has command of Billboard’s rock airplay charts with “Blurry.” That song begins its second week leading the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally and fifth at the head of the Modern Rocks Tracks chart.