Musiq Tops Albums Chart, Lauryn Hill Makes Big Debut

This week's #1 act, Big Tymers, slide down to #8.

Musiq juswanstobenumbaone, and on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart the Philly soul singer who hates the space bar and has a penchant for omitting the letter “t” will see his desire realized.

Juslisen, the second album by the smooth crooner, who dropped the “Soulchild” surname for the effort, will place above all others on next week’s chart. The follow-up to 2000′s Aijuswanaseing sold more than 260,000 copies its first week in stores, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 15).

Lauryn Hill has been relatively quiet since her 1998 solo debut, which garnered Grammys for the Fugees member for Best New Artist and Album of the Year, among others. Although Hill has been out of the spotlight for a few years she has obviously not been forgotten by fans, as her second full-length LP, MTV Unplugged 2.0, will make its chart debut at #3, with more than 122,000 copies sold.

This week’s big chart debuts, Big Tymers’ Hood Rich and Vanessa Carlton’s Be Not Nobody, will take relatively large leaps backward in next week’s running. The Cash Money rappers’ fourth album will fall from the top slot down to #8, with nearly 68,000 fewer copies sold last week; while the 21-year-old singer/songwriter will slip from #5 to #13, with nearly a 43,000-copy dent in her weekly total.

Jazz-pop chanteuse Norah Jones’ debut LP, Come Away With Me, will make the biggest leap in next week’s top 40, catapulting from #37 to #17 on the wings of the pianist’s crossover hit “Don’t Know Why.”

Rounding out next week’s top 10 will be Celine Dion’s A New Day Has Come, advancing four places to #2 (142,000); Ashanti’s self-titled debut slipping two places to #4 (114,000); country singer Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems falling from #3 to #5 (102,000); the “Spider-Man” soundtrack also dropping a deuce to #6 (100,000); Sheryl Crow’s C’Mon, C’Mon inching a slot up to #7 (97,000); Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 9 sliding two notches to #9 (89,000); and classical crooner Josh Groban’s eponymous premiere receding a spot to #10 (74,000).

Naughty by Nature’s fifth album, Icons, leads the crop of new additions outside the top 10 on next week’s chart. The New Jersey hip-hop outfit’s first album in three years will land at #15 by moving more than 48,000 copies.

Sandpaper-piped balladeer Tom Waits will place two new albums in next week’s top 40: Blood Money at #32 and Alice at #33. The albums moved more than 32,000 and 31,000, respectively. Coal Chamber’s third album, Dark Days, directly trails the crooner at #34, selling more than 31,000 in its first week in stores.

Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include the STP ‘n’ Staind-stung Family Values Tour 2001 at #55; aggro-rockers Earshot’s debut, Letting Go, at #82; the Blink-182-featured various-artists collection Atticus … Dragging the Lake at #105; 98 Degrees’ greatest-hits set, The Collection, at #153; and O.A.R.’s live offering, Any Time Now, at #156.

An interesting aspect of next week’s chart is the re-emergence of Eminem’s 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP. The anticipatory buzz for the forthcoming The Eminem Show goosed sales of Slim Shady’s second LP to warrant its #180 position. The Detroit rapper’s next opus drops June 4.