Enhancing her credentials as a superstar, Jennifer Lopez has seized the top spot on the new Billboard 200 albums chart less than a week after laying claim to the highest-grossing film in the U.S.
The singer/actress' second album, J.Lo, will debut at #1 on next week's chart with sales of more than 272,000 copies, according to figures released Wednesday (January 31) by SoundScan. Meanwhile, Lopez's romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner" was tops at the box office last week, grossing $13.5 million. Sony claims Lopez is the first artist to have a #1 album and the #1 film simultaneously.
Shaggy's Hotshot holds onto #2 with sales of 214,000 copies, fueled by the success of the #1 hit "It Wasn't Me."
The Beatles, who had a seven-week run atop the albums chart with their hits collection The Beatles 1, sold 173,000 copies, dropping them to #4 one spot behind the hip-hop-laden soundtrack to "Save the Last Dance," which will stay at #3 after selling another 184,000 copies.
Two up-and-coming teen-pop acts will post impressive debuts on next week's chart, as O-Town and Dream enter at #5 and #6, respectively.
O-Town, the self-titled debut from Lou Pearlman's newest boy band creation and the subject of the "Making the Band" television series, moved 144,000 copies.
Dream's It Was All a Dream sold 105,000 copies on the strength of "He Loves U Not." The group is mentored by Sean "Puffy" Combs and is signed to his Bad Boy Records label.
Rounding out the top 10 are Now That's What I Call Music 5 at #7, Creed's Human Clay at #8, Dido's No Angel at #9 and Ja Rule's Rule 3:36 at #10.
Outside the top 10, the highest debut of the week was turned in at #28 by Goin' South, a compilation of Southern-minded, previously released tracks from the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Little Feat and Molly Hatchet.
Other albums debuting in the top 200 include Dolly Parton's Little Sparrow at #117; a posthumous concert offering from the Jerry Garcia Band, Don't Let Go, at #137; and Godhead's 2000 Years of Human Error at #153.