With the help of his hit summer jam, "(Hot S**t) Country Grammar," St. Louis rapper Nelly rode his debut disc, Country Grammar, to the top of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart this week.
While the single (RealAudio excerpt), with its catchy "shimmy-shimmy-cocoa-puff" chorus, held fast at #8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart, the album displaced the "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" soundtrack from the top spot after just one week.
Rapper Canibus entered the chart at #6 with 2000 B.C., the follow-up to his 1998 debut, Can-I-Bus. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP, which already has sold more than 5 million copies, moved up to #3 this week, even as it was toppled from the top of the Billboard 200 by the Now That's What I Call Music! 4 compilation after spending eight weeks at #1.
The Ruff Ryders collective's Ryde or Die Vol. II set fell to #4, while soul diva Kelly Price's Mirror Mirror hung on to the #5 spot. Rounding out the top 10 are Lil' Kim's The Notorious K.I.M. at #7, Three 6 Mafia's When the Smoke Clears Sixty 6, Sixty 1 at #8, songstress Toni Braxton's The Heat at #9 and rapper Busta Rhymes' Anarchy at #10.
Debuting on the chart along with Canibus this week are the Oakland, Calif., R&B trio Somethin' for the People, whose Issues entered at #23. Jazz/soul singer Will Downing's All the Man You Need debuted at #25.
Chicago rapper Common's soulful Like Water for Chocolate was the chart's greatest sales gainer, jumping from #29 to #19; while Bad Boy recording artist Black Rob's Black Rob: Life Story moved up from #86 to #66. The Comrads' Wake Up and Ball dove from #28 to #54, a scant two weeks after it jumped from #39 to #28; and Rah Digga's Dirty Harriet plunged from #70 to #99.
On the singles side, Sisqó's ballad "Incomplete" (RealAudio excerpt), from his album Unleash the Dragon, bounded from #10 to #1 in its 16th week on the chart. Jagged Edge's "Let's Get Married" slipped to #2, while Destiny's Child now a trio jumped from #19 to #10 with "Jumpin' Jumpin," which also is at #6 on the Hot 100 singles chart.
While Janet Jackson's poppy "Doesn't Really Matter" hung on at #18 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, it moved from #15 to #10 on the Hot 100. Sisqó's "Incomplete" is at #2 on the Hot 100 behind "It's Gonna Be Me" from *NSync, for whom the platinum-haired R&B singer is opening on tour.
Aided by the secular radio success of her single "Open My Heart," Yolanda Adams and her Mountain High, Valley Low disc stayed at the top of the Gospel albums chart, followed at #2 by Mary Mary's Thankful and Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ's Purpose by Design at #3. Finally, Ricky Dillard & New Generation Chorale posted the highest Gospel chart debut, entering at #17 with their album No Limit.