Rapper Nelly sold more than 234,000 copies of his Country Grammar album last week, holding on to the top spot of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and taking the #1 spot on the magazine's 200 albums chart.
Experimental rappers De la Soul had this week's highest debut, coming in at #3 on the R&B/hip-hop chart behind Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP. The group also landed at #9 on the 200 albums list.
The soundtrack to "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" held on at #4, spurred by the success of the Janet Jackson single "Doesn't Really Matter" (RealAudio excerpt), which took the #1 spot on the magazine's Hot 100 singles chart and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The rest of the top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart looks like this: late underground rapper Big L's The Big Picture, at #5; sultry R&B singer Toni Braxton's The Heat, at #6; the Ruff Ryders hip-hop crew's Ryde or Die Vol. II, at #7; gospel crossover artist Yolanda Adams' Mountain High, Valley Low, at #8; singer Kelly Price's Mirror Mirror, at #9; and Memphis, Tenn., rappers Three 6 Mafia's When the Smoke Clears Sixty 6, Sixty 1, at #10.
Dancehall rapper/R&B artist Shaggy came in at #56 with Hotshot, the week's only other debut.
The rest of the releases on the albums chart showed little movement overall, with the biggest jumps made by discs that have been out a while. Snoop Dogg's No Limit Top Dogg moved up eight slots, from #91 to #83, in its 65th week on the chart, while Ice Cube's War & Peace Vol. 3 (The Peace Album) moved from #65 to #57 in its 21st week.
The top two spots on the R&B/hip-hop singles chart look the same as last week, with Sisqó's ballad "Incomplete" (RealAudio excerpt) at #1 and Ruff Endz' "No More" at #2. The rest of the top 10 doesn't show much change, either: Jagged Edge's "Let's Get Married," at #4; Snoop Dogg protégé Lil' Bow Wow's "Bounce With Me," at #5; Braxton's "Just Be a Man About It," at #6; Next's "Wifey," at #7; Avant's "Separated," at #8; Destiny's Child's "Jumpin', Jumpin', " at #9; and Donell Jones' "Where I Wanna Be," at #10.
Mystikal's "Shake Ya Ass" showed the most movement on the charts, going from #25 to #17, while singer Tamia's "Can't Go for That" debuted at #69 and rapper C-Murder's "Down for my N's" made its first appearance at #76.
On the gospel albums chart, Adams held on to the #1 spot, and Mary Mary's Thankful stayed at #2.