Shaggy has put an end to Jennifer Lopez's brief reign atop the Billboard 200 albums chart: The gravel-throated dancehall singer has scored his first #1 pop album in the United States with Hotshot.
Shaggy's comeback album sold more than 245,000 copies last week to edge in front of Lopez's J.Lo, which slid to #2 with 179,000 copies sold, according to sales figures issued by SoundScan on Wednesday (February 7).
Hotshot had spent the past four weeks in the #2 spot, steadily edging up on the Beatles 1 compilation and then J.Lo as his "It Wasn't Me" continued to climb the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (and has since landed at #1 as well).
Even though Hotshot has already sold more than 2.8 million copies, the record was not so hot when it was initially released last August, debuting on the Billboard 200 at #82. The album had fallen to #137 by September, but then reversed itself and quickly headed back up the charts as "It Wasn't Me" began to take off. Hotshot hasn't sold fewer than 100,000 copies a week since before Thanksgiving.
Following Hotshot and J.Lo on the new Billboard 200 is the "Save the Last Dance" soundtrack, which sold 172,000 copies to dig in at #3 for the third straight week.
Despite recently relinquishing the #1 spot on the chart, The Beatles 1 shows little sign of slacking off commercially. The compilation tallied 159,000 in sales to hold on at #4.
Queens, New York, rapper Ja Rule makes the biggest top 10 move, as his Rule 3:36 album leaps from #10 to #5 after selling some 99,000 copies, fueled by Ja's new single, "Put It on Me." Atlanta MC Ludacris also returns to the top 10 with Back for the First Time, which climbs from #14 to #8 on the new chart after selling 85,000 copies last week.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are Dido's No Angel, at #6 (87,000 copies sold), followed by Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 5, at #7 (86,000), and Dream's It Was All a Dream, at #9 (84,000).
LeAnn Rimes' I Need You album debuts at #10 (82,000 copies sold), even though the country singer has publicly disavowed and apologized for the record, saying it "was made without [her] creative input" in the wake of a contractual dispute with Curb Records.
Outside the top 10, the next highest debut comes courtesy of the "Valentine" soundtrack. Featuring previously released tracks from the likes of Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, the Deftones and Orgy, the soundtrack to the horror film managed to scream its way to #101.
Other albums set to debut in the new Billboard 200 include Vitamin C's More, at #122, and salsa singer Victor Manuelle's Instinto y Deseo, at #197.
(For more about Shaggy and Jennifer Lopez, check out "Shaggy Feature Interview: Rocking You Wild" and "Jennifer Lopez Feature Interview: J.Lo's Lowdown.")