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B2K’s Omarion Tops Chart

Former R&B boy-band singer seizes top spot with solo debut

Omarion’s solo debut, O, sold 182,000 copies in its first
week to take the top spot, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since
the breakthrough of his multi-platinum R&B boy band B2K in
2002, the twenty-one-year-old has gained steam on his own through
guest appearances on popular sitcoms, in the feature films You
Got Served
and Fat Albert, and through his new,
MTV-published autobiography.

Meanwhile, the Grammy boost is still in effect for the late Ray
Charles’ Genius Loves Company, which dropped only one spot
to Number Two (110,000). And rounding out the Top Five are the
Game’s debut, The Documentary, which drops one place to
Four (105,000), and veteran singer-songwriter Tori Amos’ eighth
studio album, The Beekeeper, which sold 83,000 copies to
open at Number Five. This is 20,000 fewer units than the
opening-week total of her last full-length effort, 2002’s
Scarlet’s Walk, although that debuted at Number Seven. The
other big debut this week came from the seventh installment of the
Kidz Bop series of children’s sing-alongs, which tackles
everything from Usher’s “My Boo” to Modest Mouse’s “Float On.”

The big losers this week were Southern garage rockers Kings of
Leon, whose much-hyped and critically well-received sophomore
album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, sold a mere 20,000 copies to
debut at Number Fifty-Five. And it seems the Grammy effect no
longer applies for winners other than Charles: Maroon 5’s Songs
About Jane
fell back down the chart, from its boost to Number
Nine to Eighteen (49,000); and multiple Grammy-winner Alicia Keys’
The Diary of Alicia Keys dropped from Eleven to
Twenty-Eight (35,000).

Next week, expect 50 Cent’s The Massacre to blow away
all competition — in spite of its mid-week release tomorrow.

This week’s Top Ten: Omarion’s O; Ray Charles’
Genius Loves Company; Green Day’s American Idiot;
the Game’s The Documentary; Tori Amos’ The
; John Legend’s Get Lifted; Kidz Bop Kids’
Kidz Bop 7; Eminem’s Encore; 3 Doors Down’s
Seventeen Days; Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway.


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