Janet Jackson Teaches Jack Johnson Discipline, Claims Sixth #1 Debut

Erykah Badu, Webbie also crack Billboard's top 10.

How’s this for a wipeout? After three weeks of domination, surfer-turned-rocker Jack Johnson’s reign as the nation’s top-selling artist has come to an end — and we have pop icon Janet Jackson to thank.

Jackson’s latest studio offering, Discipline, will top next week’s Billboard albums sales chart, having generated week-one scans of more than 181,000, dethroning Johnson’s Sleep Through the Static and dropping the LP to the chart’s #3 position; Johnson’s disc sold just over 91,500 copies during its fourth week of commercial availability. With its strong sales, Discipline becomes Jackson’s sixth career chart-topper: Her 1986 album Control also entered the top 200 at #1, as did 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814, 1993’s Janet., 1997’s The Velvet Rope, and 2001’s All for You. (Jackson’s last two releases, 2004’s Damita Jo and 2006’s 20 Y.O. both opened at #2.)

But Miss Jackson’s new one isn’t the only new release to enter in the top 10. Right behind her at #2 is the latest from Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), the first half of Badu’s double-album set, which sold close to 123,900 units. Believe it or not, Badu has never seen one of her albums bow at #1; 1997’s Baduizm and 2003’s Worldwide Underground opened at #2 and #3, respectively.

Joining Jackson and Badu in the top 10 is rapper Webbie’s Savage Life 2, which enters at #4 after selling 72,000 copies. The rest of the top 10 is teeming with the usual suspects, as well as a couple of surprises. Falling three spots to #5 on next week’s chart is Alicia KeysAs I Am, which sold 57,300 copies. Coming in at #6 is “Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus,” with sales reported at 54,500, and following at #7, with more than 46,700 scans, it’s the soundtrack to “Once,” which features the Oscar-winning number “Falling Slowly.” The disc experienced a 143 percent spike in sales.

The soundtrack to “Juno” follows at #8 with 42,000 sold, and at #9, it’s breakout artist Sara BareillesLittle Voice, which sold another 37,800 units. This week, MTV News spoke with Bareilles — who’s wrapping up a tour with James Blunt — about her recent rash of seemingly instant success.

“I was very surprised when we were on ’TRL’ at all, but the whole time I was thinking, ’What am I doing here? This is crazy,’ ” she said. “It happened relatively quickly, but we’ve been at it a long time. This has been six years in the making, and I’m glad we’re at a point where people are connecting to the music on a greater scale.”

Finally, coming in at #10, it’s Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, which sold another 37,500 copies, following her recent Grammy wins.

Elsewhere on the chart, rapper Shawty Lo’s Units in the City opens at #13, having sold 31,000 during its first week in stores. The record was one of 20 to debut on next week’s top 200. The AftersNever Going Back to OK bows at #41 with 16,000 scans, while Goldfrapp’s Seventh Tree debuts at #48, selling 14,900. Pillar’s For the Love of the Game enters at #71 with 10,900 sold, while Cheri DennisIn and Out of Love follows at #74 with 10,700-plus scanned. Tift Merritt’s Another Country claims the #156 spot with 5,000 sold, and Pete Rock’s NY’s Finest checks in at #193 with 3,800. Finally, selling 3,700 units, it’s Beach House’s Devotion, which just makes the cut at #195.

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