Hotshot Shaggy Holds On To #1

Dancehall singer marks second week in top spot on Billboard 200; Beatles get back to #2.

Shaggy’s Hotshot continues to be a scorcher on the Billboard 200 albums chart, burning a hole in the #1 spot for the second straight week.
The Jamaican-born Shaggy, who calls his raspy-voiced style “dog-a-muffin,” celebrates Valentine’s Day atop the chart with Hotshot, which sold more than 245,000 copies last week to surpass the 3 million mark, according to sales figures issued by SoundScan on Wednesday (February 14).

The Beatles continue to enjoy success in the rock and roll afterlife with their The Beatles 1 singles collection, which sold more than 151,000 copies to get back to #2 after slipping to #4 on last week’s chart.

The “Save the Last Dance” soundtrack follows Hotshot and The Beatles 1 on the new Billboard chart, selling 151,000 copies to pop and lock a groove on the #3 spot for a fourth straight week.
Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is at #4 with her second album, J.Lo, which sold 134,000 copies last week. J.Lo debuted at #1 on the charts two weeks ago and has sold more than 586,000 copies to date.

Rounding out the Billboard top 10 are Ja Rule’s Rule 3:36, at #5
(97,000 copies sold); Dido’s No Angel, at #6 (93,000); Lenny Kravitz’s Greatest Hits, at #7 (91,000); Sade’s Lovers Rock, at #8 (90,000); and Ludacris’ Back for the First Time, at #9 (87,000).
Cracking the Billboard 200 top 10 for the first time are Los Angeles newcomers Crazy Town, whose 1999 The Gift of Game album sold 82,000 copies last week to land at #10, fueled by their Red Hot Chili Peppers-channeled hit, “Butterfly.”
The “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack continues its impressive flight up the charts, as the accompanying album to Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest offbeat film jumps from #23 to #19. Executive produced by T-Bone Burnett, the record features bluegrass standards and traditional country songs from the likes of Alison Krauss and John Hartford, as well as the movie’s fictional minstrels, the Soggy Bottom Boys.

The Grammys are a week away, and apparently the big awards show was on record buyers’ minds. The 2001 Grammy Pop Nominees, featuring tracks from Destiny’s Child, ‘NSYNC, Radiohead and Eminem, among others, was the highest-debuting album of the week, at #29. The 2001 Grammy R&B/Rap Nominees compilation enters the chart at #85.

Albums debuting in the upper half of the new Billboard 200 include
Diamond Rio’s One More Day, at #36; Rod Stewart’s Human, at #50; Donny Osmond’s This Is the Moment, at #64; Pure Moods, Vol. 3, at #66; ATC’s Planet Pop, at #73; WOW Gospel 2001, at #75; Public Announcement’s Don’t Hold Back, at #89; and Gloria Estefan’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, at #92.

Other albums set to debut in the charts include Jeff Beck’s You Had It Coming, at #110; Double Trouble’s Been a Long Time, at #126; the
Dropkick Murphys’ Sing Loud, Sing Proud!, at #144; the “Malcolm in the
Middle” soundtrack, at #148; the “Sweet November” soundtrack, at #185; and the original cast recording of “Suessical: The Musical,” at #191.

For a full-length interview with Shaggy, check out the feature “Shaggy: Rocking You Wild.”