Big Tymers Take #1 Slot On Albums Chart

Cash Money affiliates move just over 160,000 copies of Hood Rich.

Big Tymers live up to their name on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Sort of. While the Cash Money affiliates land at the top of the chart, Hood Rich sold the modest figure of just over 160,000 albums, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 8).

Ashanti’s self-titled album holds strong at #2, with over 127,000 albums sold, while country singer Kenny Chesney falls from the top slot to #3, selling almost 125,000 copies of No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.

“Spider-Man” may have broken all sorts of box office records the week of its release (see “Movie House: ‘Spider-Man’ Breaks Box-Office Record” ), but the soundtrack featuring Alien Ant Farm, the Strokes and Aerosmith came in at #4, with just over 112,000 units moved. And another new record rounds out the top five: Vanessa Carlton’s debut album, Be Not Nobody, sold nearly 102,000 copies.

The second half of the top 10 features Celine Dion (#6), Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 9 (#7), Sheryl Crow (#8) and the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack (#10).

Josh Groban, whose self-titled album came in at #9 with over 71,000 copies sold, was one of only two albums in the top 20 that had better sales last week than the week before. The other was Bonnie Raitt’s Silver Lining, which charted at #17 with over 42,000 units moved.

Other upwardly mobile LPs include Cher’s Living Proof, which climbed 43 spots to #70, and Res’ How I Do, up 22 places to #115. The jump of the week, however, goes to the too-cool-for-school garage band the Hives. Their Veni Vidi Vicious launched 55 notches to #138.

It looks like one of Cee-Lo Green’s perfect imperfections is maintaining his footing on the chart. His album drops 17 spots to #28 in its second week. Elvis Costello’s When I Was Cruel also backslides, dipping 30 places to #50. And Andrew W.K.’s party may be over sooner than expected as his I Get Wet slips 32 notches to #152.

New and notable albums on next week’s chart include the St. Lunatic Ali, whose Heavy Starch comes in at #24 with nearly 38,000 albums sold; Blackalicious’ Blazing Arrow, which enters at #49, selling over 23,000 albums; and C-Murder’s Tru Dawgs, which debuts at #67, moving 18,000 records.