Thesp's 'J. Lo' album debuts at No. 1
NEW YORK — Actress and pop diva Jennifer Lopez became the first artist to hit No. 1 with both a film and a non-soundtrack album simultaneously since SoundScan began tracking music sales a decade ago.Her second album, “J. Lo,” released on Sony’s Epic imprint, debuted at the top of the heap for the week ended Sunday, selling more than 272,000 copies, according to data compiled by SoundScan. According to Sony Music topper Thomas Mottola, Lopez’s musical success isn’t limited to the U.S. charts. “It’s making history to the best of my knowledge,” he told Daily Variety. “It’s gone No. 1 in almost every country in the world. Outside of America, the record has sold over 2 million units already.” If that weren’t enough to make her week, Sony Pictures’ romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner,” starring Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, headed up the box office league tables last weekend with a three-day gross of $14 million. “J. Lo” also distinguished itself as the album that ended the Beatles’ seven-week stranglehold on the No. 1 spot. The Fab Four singles collection “1” (Capitol/Apple) slipped to fourth place, scanning 173,000 copies. This week’s sales put the record just 14,000 shy of 6 million copies sold in the U.S. to date, and worldwide, sales hovered near the 20 million mark. Coming in just behind Lopez was perpetual silver medalist Shaggy, whose LP “Hotshot” (MCA) has lingered at the No. 2 spot for nearly a month. Lopez didn’t corner the market in film-music synergy this week. The soundtrack to “Save the Last Dance,” (Hollywood) the hip-hop dramedy that has grossed nearly $60 million to date, held fast at No. 3, selling 185,000 copies. Two other dreamy debuts cracked the top 10 this week. “Liquid Dreams,” the first album from the TV-spawned boy band O-Town, opened in fifth place. The album, which scanned a solid 145,000 units, was also the debut release for Clive Davis’ label, J Records. And Sean “Puffy” Combs proteges Dream came in sixth with “It Was All a Dream” (Bad Boy). Beyond the top 10, the new release schedule was fairly thin. At 28 was the Razor & Tie compilation “Goin’ South,” which includes tracks from the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The next-highest debut, Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow” (Sugar Hill), landed at 117. Among the biggest movers of the week was the soundtrack to “Coyote Ugly” (Curb), which moved up 16 spots to 23.