Now Album Debuts At #1; Ginuwine, Springsteen Hit Top 5

Big Pun also debuts in top 10, while Guided by Voices hit Billboard chart for first time in prolific career.

Now that’s what you call a #1 album.

Now That’s What I Call Music — Vol. 6, a compilation of recent hits from the likes of Shaggy, Jennifer Lopez, Coldplay, U2, Destiny’s Child and Creed, has ridden its star power and familiar tunes to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The sixth edition in the Now series sold more than 525,000 copies last week to debut at #1, according to figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday (April 11). Last week’s #1 album, the posthumous Tupac Shakur collection Until the End of Time, fell to #2 after selling 243,000 copies in its second week in stores.

Now That’s What I Call Music — Vol. 6 is the second album in the Now series to reach #1. Vol. 4, which included tracks from Britney Spears, Eiffel 65, Marc Anthony, Macy Gray and Blink-182, spent three weeks at #1 last summer, while Vol. 5, featuring Sisqó, ‘NSYNC, Destiny’s Child, Janet Jackson and 3 Doors Down, peaked at #2 in November (and is at #55 this week).

To date, the six volumes in the Now series have sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S. since the first one was issued in November 1998. All of the Now records have managed to crack the Billboard top 10.

Three other records debut in the new Billboard 200, led by R&B singer Ginuwine, whose third album, Life, enters at #3 with 152,000 copies sold. Live in New York City, the concert album cut by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during their 10-night stand at Madison Square Garden last June — also the source of an HBO concert special that premiered Saturday — debuts at #5 on the charts after selling 114,000 copies.

The last of the Top 10 debuts comes courtesy of the late rapper Big Pun, whose Endangered Species sold 80,000 copies last week to draw a bead and drop a beat on the #7 spot. Species is the second album released from Pun’s archives since his death in February 2000; Yeeeah Baby entered the album chart at #3 last April.

Rounding out the Billboard Top 10 are Shaggy’s Hotshot at #4 (147,000 copies sold), the Dave Matthews Band’s Everyday at #6 (92,000), Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water at #8 (78,000), Dido’s No Angel at #9 (78,000), and 112′s Part III at #10 (76,000).

Other albums set to debut in the new Billboard 200 include: Run-D.M.C.’s Crown Royal at #37, Cappadonna’s The Yin and the Yang at #51, Journey’s Arrival at #56, Yukmouth’s Thug Lord: The New Testament at #71, Rammstein’s Mutter at #77, the Monster Booty collection at #95, the “Kingdom Come” soundtrack featuring Kirk Franklin at #125, Bond’s Born at #157, Guided By Voices’ Isolation Drills at #168 and Alkaline Trio’s From Here to Infirmary at #199.

For Guided by Voices, the famously prolific rockers from Dayton, Ohio, Isolation Drills is their first album to appear on the Billboard 200 after a decade and a half of underground acclaim.