In this week's Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu and Webbie lock up three of the top five spots, while Shawty Lo and Cheri Dennis make some not-so stellar debuts.
It's been a long hiatus, but Janet Jackson is back in a familiar place. The pop star debuted at the top of the charts for the first time since 2001, selling 181,000 copies of her latest release Discipline, according to Nielsen's SoundScan.
Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part One takes the No. 2 spot in its first week on the charts, selling 123,900 copies.
Baton Rouge native Webbie's sophomore effort Savage Life Volume 2debuted at No. 4 with 72,500 units moved. The disc's lead single "Independent" features label mates Lil' Fat and Lil' Boosie.
The former queen of the charts Alicia Keys slid to No. 5. Key's monster release As I Am, sold 57,300 discs this week for a 16-week, total of 3,206,800.
British soul singer Amy Winehouse fell to the No. 10 spot, selling 37,800 copies of her Grammy Award winning Back To Black. After 51 weeks double platinum is right round the corner for Winehouse, 1,738,200.
Mary J. Blige slipped two spots to No. 11 this week, selling 33,800 copies of her eighth album, Growing Pains. The queen of hip-hop soul has sold 1,294,300 albums to date.
D4L member Shawty Lo hit the charts at No. 13 with his debut solo release Units in the City. On the wave of his monster single "Dey Know," the disc sold 31,000 in its first week.
Keyshia Cole fell to No. 16, pushing 26,800 copies of her sophomore effort, Just Like You. After 23 weeks, Cole has scanned 1,225,600 discs.
Teen heart throb Chris Brown fell five spots to No. 18 this week with his sophomore album, Exclusive scanning 25,800 discs. Brown has moved a grand total of 1,343,200 discs.
Lupe Fiasco's The Coolfell two spots to No. 32 after selling 17,300 this week. The disc has been on the charts for 11 weeks and has sold a total of 376,300 copies.
The-Dream is steadily moving up the charts, climbing three more spots this week to No. 33. The Def Jam hit-maker's debut album Love/Hate, has sold a total of 261,600 discs, 17,070 of which were scanned this week.
In a staggering 76 weeks on the charts Fergie continues to reign. The Dutchess landed at the no. 36 position and sold 16,400 more copies this week, bringing her grand total to 3,485,000.
Jaheim's Makings of a Man climbed nine spots to No. 43 this week. The album has scanned 399,600 copies in 11 weeks on the board.
Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad drops to the No. 45 spot selling 15,400 this week and a total of 1,093,400 scans after 39 weeks on the charts.
American Idol champ Jordin Sparks landed at No. 49 this week,selling 14,700 copies of her self-titled debut. The teen sensation is sure to boost her 538,600 total once she hits the road to tour alongside Alicia Keys.
Soulja Boy rounds out the Top 50 with Souljaboytellem.com moving 14,400 units this week. The teenage rapper is inching closer to platinum status, cranking out 813,800 copies in 22 weeks.
Unfortunately Bad Boy diva Cheri Dennis didn't do as well as all the other "Super Tuesday" participants, moving a mere 10,700 copies of her debut In And Out Of Love in the first week and landing at the No. 74 slot.
Next week look for Bizzy Bone and Lil' Flip to make an appearance on the Charts.
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