The Big News: Diddy’s girl group Danity Kane dominated the charts, as their Welcome to the Dollhouse cruised to number one with 236,192 copies sold, one of the more robust debuts in this still-young chart year. NOW 27 came in at two with 170,200 units, while last week’s top dog (Rick Ross’ Trilla) fell to three. Months after his song “Low” owned the singles chart, Rapper Flo Rida’s full-length Mail on Sunday debuted at number four with 85,891 copies sold. Rounding out the top five was the ever-present Jack Johnson and his Sleep Through the Static. But the biggest news may be Gnarls Barkley, who rush-released their sophomore album The Odd Couple three weeks early after the album prematurely leaked. Despite a run atop the iTunes album charts, The Odd Couple only mustered the eighteenth spot on the Billboard, selling 31,009 copies.
Debuts: After Danity Kane, Flo Rida and Gnarls, Rocko’s Self-Made came in at twenty-one and Sheek Louch’s Silverback Gorilla hit forty-one. Breaking artist She & Him’s Volume One debuted at eighty-one, while Artist to Watch PlayRadioPlay!’s Texas entered in at 157. On the indie front, Black Tide’s Light From Above slotted at seventy-three while Kills’ Midnight Boom placed at 133.
Last Week’s Heroes: Ross fell from one to three, Snoop’s Ego Trippin‘ fell from three to seven and Janet Jackson’s Discipline dropped from eight to seventeen. But the biggest plunge belonged to Fat Joe’s Elephant in the Room, which dropped from six to fifty-six in one week. Sara Bareilles’ Little Voice dropped from seven to nine despite a thirty-eight percent sales increase, and somehow the Alvin & the Chipmunks soundtrack continues to gain traction, hitting the eleven spot and threatening a break into the top ten.