50 Cent Makes Way For The Isley Brothers

Largely thanks to production from R. Kelly, guest shots from Lil' Kim and Snoop, soul veterans land at #1 with Body Kiss.

After more than 49 years in the music business, the Isley Brothers scored their first #1 album debut. The group’s new record, Body Kiss, sold 155,000 copies its first week on shelves, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 14), besting their 2001 album, Eternal, which debuted at #3.

The Isleys’ top position on next week’s Billboard albums chart has a lot to do with the roster of guest talent on the LP. Eleven of 12 tracks were produced and arranged by R. Kelly, and the disc features Snoop Dogg on the song “I Like” and Lil’ Kim on the title track.

The #2 position on the chart will go to Norah Jones’ Grammy-sweeper Come Away With Me, which climbs three places to #2 with more than 138,000 copies sold. Sunday being Mother’s Day and Jones being featured in People’s “50 Most Beautiful” issue could have played a part in the disc’s high placement in its 63rd week on the chart. To date, Come Away With Me has sold close to 6 million copies.

Former professional surfer turned bluesy acoustic songwriter Jack Johnson rides the #3 slot with On and On, which sold in excess of 132,000 records its first week out. Cher remains at #4 with The Very Best of Cher, which, after six weeks on the chart, has sold more than 120,000.

50 Cent drops from #1 to #5 this week. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold 120,000, bringing the rapper’s grand total to more than 4.5 million in just 14 weeks.

Atmospheric female-fronted hard rockers Evanescence continue to hang on to the #6 slot with their debut album, Fallen (101,000), which is nearing the platinum mark after 10 weeks on the chart.

Celine Dion’s latest offering, One Heart, is #7 (almost 96,000), just above the soundtrack to the “The Matrix Reloaded” (93,000). The double-disc set features the new P.O.D. song “Sleeping Awake,” their first with new guitarist Jason Truby, as well as new tracks by Rob Zombie, Deftones, Team Sleep and more.

The last two positions in the top 10 are filled by Kelly Clarkson, the “American Idol” popularity contest winner, whose glossy debut, Thankful, drops six slots to #9 (93,000), and the soundtrack to the film “Lizzie McGuire” at #10 (92,000).

The biggest chart plummet goes to Lil’ Mo’s Meet the Girl Next Door, which free-falls from #17 to #43. American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs also suffers a major decline, descending from #2 to #11. Madonna’s American Life, which debuted two weeks ago at #1, drops from #8 to #15. Bone Crusher’s Attenchun! skids 13 spots to #24, and in its second week, Kelly Price’s Priceless falls 17 to #27.

Noteworthy debuts include Blur’s Think Tank, which checks in at #56, Richard Thompson’s Old Kit Bag at #121, Anthrax’s We’ve Come for You All at #122 and Tomahawk’s Mit Gas at #137.