Silkk's 'Made Man' debuts at top of album chart

Rapper Silkk the Shocker’s “Made Man” was the bestselling album in the nation with more than 240,000 copies of the Priority Records disc going home with fans, according to sales data released Wednesday.

The hefty debut of the Priority Records disc was the first rap disc to top the chart this year and bested the list’s only other Top 10 bow, “Live at Luther Hall” from Dave Matthews and Jim Reynolds, by nearly 53,000 copies.

The debuts pushed burgeoning pop star Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” disc — last week’s chart-topper — into the No. 3 slot on sales action of 122,000 units for the Jive Records disc. Despite the slide, the disc posted a 2,000-unit increase over the previous chart.

Sales up

Overall sales action for the period ended Jan. 24 was up slightly from the previous week, with several discs still nabbing sales afterglows from the Jan. 11 American Music Awards telecast.

Offspring’s “Americana” held steady at No. 4 for the third consecutive week with just north of 113,000 copies — a nearly 5,000-unit boost over the previous chart — of its Columbia Records disc going home with fans.

The disc topped the 103,000 copies logged by ‘N-Sync’s descending eponymous RCA Records disc, which slipped three to No. 5 but managed to fend off a challenge by Lauryn Hill’s Ruffhouse/Columbia disc “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

The 10-time Grammy nominee Hill’s disc slid a slot to No. 6 with less than 600 copies separating the two albums.

Rapper at No. 7

Rapper DMX, whose “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood” spent five weeks in the top spot before being displaced by Spears’ disc, checked in at No. 7 on sales of nearly 98,000 units for the Def Jam Records disc.

At No. 8 was the latest set from the late rapper Tupac Shakur, “Greatest Hits,” which slid two rungs.

The Death Row/Interscope disc is benefiting from the heavy radio and vidchannel airplay of “Changes,” the Shakur-penned opus featuring Bruce Hornsby’s catchy piano riffs from the latter’s 1986 hit “The Way It Is.”

The Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” slid a notch to No. 9, but posted a nearly 2,500-copy rise to nearly 89,000 units of their Monument/Sony disc.

‘Life’ bested

The tally was sufficient to best by more than 1,000 units the No. 10 disc, “Vol. II … Hard Knock Life,” by Roc-a-fella/Def Jam Records rapper Jay-Z.

The strong box office of Paramount’s “Varsity Blues” continued to goose sales of the film’s Hollywood Records soundtrack, which posted a 14-slot boost to No. 19 on sales of more than 64,000 copies. It posted one of the chart’s biggest sales gains.

The soundtrack was one of just a handful of discs that posted sales increases over the previous chart, such as offerings from MCA Records’ New Radicals, RCA’s Tyrese and Warner’s Cher, the latter warbling at Sunday’s Super Bowl and which will likely score some chart action from the appearance.

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