Her film “The Wedding Planner” is No. 1 in U.S. theaters, and now she’s got the top album in the country to match. Jennifer Lopez’ sophomore Epic album “J. Lo” debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on the strength of more than 272,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan. “J. Lo” thus ends the eight-week reign at the top for the Beatles’ “1” (Apple/Capitol) collection, which falls to No. 4. The new chart will be posted tomorrow (Feb. 1) on Billboard.com.
Other strong debuts this week come from boy band O-Town and girl group Dream. O-Town’s self-titled debut, the first album released by former Arista head Clive Davis’ new J Records imprint, lands at No. 5, while Dream’s “Dream,” the first set from the female quartet guided by Bad Boy’s Sean “Puffy” Combs, lands at No. 6.
Razor & Tie’s various artists collection “Goin’ South,” featuring classic tracks from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, and Pure Prairie League, opens at No. 28. Dolly Parton’s new Blue Eye/Sugar Hill bluegrass set “Little Sparrow” debuts at No. 117.
Continuing its forward motion, the “Coyote Ugly” soundtrack (Curb) rises to No. 23, following a 110-39 jump last week. The LeAnn Rimes-heavy set previously peaked at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 last September.