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On The Charts: Janet Jackson Wrestles Top Spot from Jack Johnson

March 5, 2008 11:25 AM ET

The Big News: Janet Jackson's Discipline debuted at Number One, selling 181,075 copies and ending Jack Johnson's three-week reign atop the charts. Johnson fell to three, with Erykah Badu's first album in five years, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) debuting in slot number two. For Janet, Discipline marks the first time since 2001's All for You that she has claimed the top spot. Rounding out the top five was rapper Webbie's Savage Life 2 and Alicia Keys' As I Am.

Debuts: Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo's rookie album Units in the City entered at thirteen on the strength of the single "Dey Know." Dolly Parton's Backwoods Barbie came in at seventeen and Christian rockers the Afters' Never Going Back to OK debuted at forty-one. In indie news, Goldfrapp's Seventh Tree hit forty-eight, while Breaking artists Beach House's sophomore album Devotion snuck in at 195.

Last Week's Heroes: The Grammy resurgence officially ended for Amy Winehouse, as her Back to Black dropped from three to ten, while Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters fell from sixteen to thirty-eight. An Oscar win, however, helped boost the Once soundtrack, as the Glen Hansard/Martina Irglova album jumped from thirty-one to seven, one spot ahead of Juno.

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