For the first time in two months, someone besides country singer Alan Jackson
or Creed will claim the top position on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Next week Jennifer Lopez will end Jackson's three-week reign at #1 when her
remix album, J to Tha L-O! debuts in the top slot, having sold over 150,000
copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (February 13). Jackson's Drive will slip to #2.
Rounding out the top three will be another debut, Barry Manilow's Ultimate
Manilow, selling nearly 115,000 copies. With the fresh blood at the top
of the chart, Creed's Weathered will drop two notches,
landing at its lowest-charting position thus far, into the #4 slot.
While many of the recent top10 albums will drop a position as a result of the new
top numbers, Nas' Stillmatic and Usher's 8701 fall out of the top 10
completely. Sade will claim the #10 spot with the debut of her Lovers
Live album, which sold over 65,000 copies.
Last week's success story, Mary J. Blige, who jumped from #28 to #10 after the re-release of No More Drama, will receive a mixed blessing next
week. SoundScan has now decided to consider the reissue of No More Drama,
featuring four new songs, a separate album entitled No More Drama 2002. Next
week, when the distinction will be recognized on the charts, No More Drama
2002 will debut at #20 while the original version will take a
staggering fall to #134.
U2, next week's big gainers, will skyrocket from #66 to #25.
Their Super Bowl half-time show appearance boosted their sales, as they moved over
46,000 copies of All That You Can't Leave Behind last week. And speaking of
the Super Bowl, it looks like the barrage of Britney Pepsi ads and the
"Crossroads" promo anthem "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" helped Spears' self-titled effort move up eight spots to #17, selling over 57,000 copies.
Some other notable debuts include Totally Country, coming in at #12,
and Shaggy's Hotshot Ultramix album, at #168.
For a complete look inside the numbers, tune into MTV News' Chart Attack, which debuts Friday at 5:30 p.m. (ET).