Shaggy, Beatles Hold Strong On Albums Chart

Top three spots on Billboard 200 remain the same, as dancehall singer's Hotshot enters third week at #1.

Shaggy, who offered up a version of the Wailers’ “Thank You Lord” at a tribute on Monday to late reggae legend Bob Marley, now has another reason to be thankful: His Hotshot is once again #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Shaggy’s Hotshot has now stretched its chart-topping run to three weeks, with the dancehall singer’s career-making album selling more than 293,000 copies last week, according to figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday (February 21).

The ubiquitous The Beatles 1 holds at #2 for the second straight week, as the Fab Four’s single-disc retrospective sold more than 200,000 copies last week and is nearing the 6.5 million mark after only three months of release.
The “Save the Last Dance” soundtrack which sold 161,000 copies to lock on to the #3 spot, followed by Dido’s No Angel, which climbs to #4 — and cracks the top five for the first time — with 131,000 copies tallied.

Rounding out the rest of the new Billboard top 10 are Jennifer Lopez’s J.Lo, at #5 (130,00 sold); Sade’s Lovers Rock, at #6 (118,000); Lenny Kravitz’s Greatest Hits, at #7 (113,000); Ja Rule’s Rule 3:36, at #8 (102,000); Crazy Town’s The Gift of Game, at #9 (96,000); and Ludacris’ Back for the First Time, at #10 (93,000).
The biggest debut of the week was turned in by Miami rappers Iconz, whose Street Money enters the charts at #64. The only other albums debuting in the top 100 were Fredro Starr’s solo debut, Firestarr, at #76, and the “Down to Earth” soundtrack, which features contributions from Eminem and Sticky Fingaz (one of Starr’s former Onyx bandmates), at #81.

Other albums set to debut on the new chart: Radio Disney Jams Vol. 3, at #109; former Pavement singer Stephen Malkmus’ self-titled solo debut, at #124; Bill & Gloria Gaither’s What a Time!, at #149; Jonatha Brooke’s Steady Pull, at #192; and Tantric’s self-titled debut, at #193.

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards will likely have an effect on next week’s chart, particularly for the evening’s big winners and in the Album of the Year category. Besides Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, which is at #62, none of the other Album of the Year nominees — Radiohead’s Kid A, Paul Simon’s You’re the One, Beck’s Midnite Vultures and Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature — are currently in the top 100 of the Billboard albums chart.