Shaggy’s Hotshot Returns To #1, Clapton Debuts Big

Reggae pop singer reclaims top spot from DMB; Slowhand's Reptile enters chart at #5.

Maybe Shaggy really does have an angel watching over him.
Fueled by his latest single, “Angel,” the reggae pop singer’s Hotshot LP has hot-stepped its way back to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, surging past Dave Matthews Band’s Everyday and Aerosmith’s Just Push Play.
Hotshot sold more than 209,000 copies last week to jump up from the #3 position, according to sales figures issued by SoundScan on Wednesday (March 21). DMB’s Everyday sold 199,000 copies, sliding out of the top spot after its two-week run there.

Aerosmith, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday night, sold 125,000 copies of Just Push Play, which falls to #3. Former Faithless vocalist Dido lays claim to #4 — her highest Billboard 200 chart position yet — with No Angel, which has sold 2.5 million copies since its release in June 1999.

Reptile, the new album from Eric “Slowhand” Clapton, was the week’s highest debut on the Billboard 200, selling more than 101,000 copies to enter the chart at #5. However, Clapton enjoyed a better debut with last year’s Riding With the King LP, his collaboration with bluesman B.B. King, which sold more than 193,000 copies in its first week to enter the chart at #3.

Two R&B singers also managed to crack the new chart’s top 10 in their first week. Tank’s Force of Nature debuts at #7 (97,000 copies sold), while Jaheim’s Ghetto Love lands at #9 (79,000 copies sold).

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are Eve’s Scorpion, at #6 (99,000 copies sold); DJ Clue’s The Professional, Part 2, at #8 (91,000); and Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot-Dog Flavored Water, at #10 (78,000).

One title notably missing from the top 10 is The Beatles 1, which falls to #12 on the chart — marking the first time the Fab Four compilation has been out of the top 10 since arriving in stores in November.

Albums debuting elsewhere on the Billboard 200 albums chart include Daft Punk’s Discovery, at #44; Our Lady Peace’s Spiritual Machines, at #81; Trick Pony’s self-titled album, at #91; Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Storm Is Over, at #92; Semisonic’s All About Chemistry, at #103; Clutch’s Pure Rock Fury, at #135; and Pure 80′s Hits, featuring tracks from Duran Duran, Simple Minds and Night Ranger, at #184.

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