Keith Urban Keeps Prince From Top Billboard Spot

Flo Rida's R.O.O.T.S. comes in at #8.

Despite releasing a budget-priced $11.98 three-CD set at Target, Prince will miss out on landing just the second #1 debut of his career next week, when his new collection, Lotus Flow3r bows at #2 on sales of 168,000.

Who beat him out? New Zealand good ol’ boy [artist id="1161250"]Keith Urban[/artist], whose Defying Gravity will grab the top spot in its first-week on sales of close to 172,000. And, as the release calendar continues to heat up, the top 10 once again sees a number of other debuts, including jazz singer Diana Krall at #3 with 104,000 copies sold of her latest, Quiet Nights, and rappers UGK at #6 with UGK 4 Life, which moved 76,000 units. And despite smashing the singles charts with his suggestive “Right Round,” [artist id="2583152"]Flo Rida[/artist] will have to settle for a #8 debut for his second album, R.O.O.T.S., which sold 55,000.
 
The rest of the top 10 includes last week’s #1 album, the NOW 30 compilation, which dropped to #4 (87,000); last week’s #2, the “Hannah Montana” movie soundtrack, which slipped to #5 (87,000); the “Twilight” soundtrack (#7, 73,000); [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist]‘s Fame (#9, 51,000); and [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist]‘s Fearless (#10, 42,000), which makes it back into the top 10 after falling out last week for the first time since the nearly 3 million-selling disc’s release in November.

Just outside the top 10, [artist id="1746119"]Keri Hilson[/artist]‘s In a Perfect World took a 61 percent hit, dropping from #4 to #11 in its second week on sales of 37,000. [artist id="1022"]U2[/artist]‘s No Line on the Horizon falls out of the top 10 for the first time since its release, landing at #12 (36,000) as sales slipped 30 percent. [artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist]‘s All I Ever Wanted also took a serious hit, dropping 34 percent and bumping down nine spots to #14 (34,000).

Bow Wow‘s New Jack City Part II debuts at #16 (31,000), while singer/songwriter [artist id="1235201"]Gavin DeGraw[/artist] has to settle for a #19 bow for his new album, Free (26,000). As a testament to the “American Idol” bump, a week after appearing on the show for the first time since winning last year, David Cook’s self-titled album rockets 58 spots to #20 on sales of 24,000, a 239 percent increase.

That’s impressive, but the 500-plus percent jump by the [artist id="1229828"]Yeah Yeah Yeahs[/artist] was even more so, as the New York trio’s It’s Blitz zoomed from the depths of the chart (#160) up to #22 (22,000), following the physical release of the album that had previously been an iTunes exclusive.

The news was not as good for thinking-man’s metalers [artist id="1228325"]Mastodon[/artist], whose Crack the Skye dropped nearly 70 percent from its debut last week, crashing 33 spots to #44 on sales of 13,000. Also suffering big second-week losses were [artist id="1605088"]Slim Thug[/artist] whose Boss of All Bosses lost nearly 50 percent on its skid from #15 to #32 (17,000), and [artist id="1796387"]Jim Jones[/artist], whose Pray IV Reign dives 31 spots to #40 on sales of under 14,000.

Other chart debuts include: [artist id="845"]Queensryche[/artist]‘s American Soldier (#25, 21,000), [artist id="710356"]Death Cab for Cutie[/artist]‘s Open Door EP (#41, 14,000), Silverstein‘s Shipwreck in the Sand ( #42 13,000), Stevie Nicks’ Soundstage Sessions (#47 13,000), [artist id="400195"]Gomez[/artist]‘s New Tide (#74, 9,000), Leonard Cohen‘s Live in London (#76, 9,000), and PJ Harvey and John Parish‘s Woman a Man Walked By (#80, 8,000).

Next week, look for the latest from [artist id="710215"]Rascal Flatts[/artist], [artist id="1163822"]Jadakiss[/artist], [artist id="1026"]Neil Young[/artist] and [artist id="150205"]Billy Ray Cyrus[/artist].

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