GUARDIAN 'ANGEL': With the help of his single "Angel," which is currently tops on the Billboard Hot 100, Shaggy defends his No. 1 position on the album charts, with a host of new albums debuting.
For many weeks, the deep-voiced singer's Hot Shot climbed the charts but never quite claimed the top spot. Now that it's there, no one can seem to shake it loose.
TOP 10: Coming very close to unseating Shaggy this week is 112's Part III, which sells 182,000 copies for the second slot, behind Hot Shot's sales of nearly 189,000.
At No. 3 is the Dave Matthews Band's Everyday, which moves 156,000 copies, followed by the debut of Trick Daddy's Thugs Are Us, which sells 116,000 to land at No. 4. Aerosmith's Just Push Play comes in at No. 5, with sales of 102,000; Jon B.'s Pleasures You Like sells just short of 100,000 copies in its first week, to debut at No. 6; Dido's No Angel hangs in at No. 7 with sales of 98,000; the soundtrack to DMX and Stephen Seagal's latest vehicle, Exit Wounds, follows at No. 8, with sales of 91,000; Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water sells 80,000 copies for the No. 9 slot; and Tank rounds out the Top 10, selling more than 70,000 units of Force of Nature.
NOTABLE DEBUTS: In addition to the four new albums in the Top 10, the chart was filled with new releases. The soundtrack to The Brothers, which features songs by Eric Benet and Snoop Dogg, moves more than 46,000 copies to notch a position at No. 32.
Two solo albums from members of high-speed rap crew Bone Thugs-N-Harmony debuted side by side. L-Burna, a k a Layzie Bone, moves more than 36,000 copies of Thug by Nature to come in at No. 43, while Bizzy Bone sells only 12 fewer copies of The Gift, hitting No. 44.
Lionel Richie sells almost 28,000 copies of Renaissance to debut at No. 62, while gospel singer Yolanda Adams comes in right behind him at No. 63 with Experience.
QUICK BURN: Two of last week's three Top 10 debuts saw significant drop-offs in their second week on the shelves. Eric Clapton's Reptile dropped from No. 5 to No. 17, with sales figures dropping from more than 100,000 units sold to 66,000. Jaheim's Ghetto Love falls from the ninth slot to No. 25, selling 52,000 units.
MILESTONES: Jennifer Lopez reached a milestone in her personal life this week, introducing new boyfriend Cris Judd to her ex, Puff Daddy, at a post-Oscars party. She also reached a milestone with her album J.Lo, which topped the 1 million mark in sales. The Beatles are on pace to crack the 7 million mark next week with domestic sales of their greatest-hits collection 1.
BOTTOM FEEDING: Lil' Zane sells 6,423 copies of Young World: The Future to earn slot No. 200.