Shaggy ‘Hotshot’ in top sales spot again

112's 'Part III' lands just short at No. 2

NEW YORK — The indomitable Shaggy was perched atop the album charts again this week, but the Puff Daddy protege act 112 led a brigade of hip-hop/R&B debuts in the top 10.

Shaggy clung to No. 1 in a thin week for sales volume, shifting 189,000 units of his third release “Hotshot” (MCA) in the week ended Sunday, according to data compiled by SoundScan. The album jumped back up to No. 1 last week after a short hiatus and has enjoyed a total of six weeks in the top spot out of its 33 weeks on the charts.

Closing in fast, however, was 112’s “Part III” (Bad Boy/Arista), which sold just 6,500 fewer records than Shaggy and landed in the No. 2 slot. The Atlanta quartet’s strong debut was icing on the cake for Bad Boy founder Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was recently cleared of weapons possession and bribery charges.

Meanwhile, “Everyday” (RCA), the Dave Matthews Band release that briefly dethroned Shaggy three weeks ago, slipped to third place, moving 156,000 copies. Sales of the record have declined sharply from week to week, but the album has still managed to shift nearly 1.4 million records, making it the DMB’s fastest-selling record ever.

Rap infusion

Other than 112, three new releases stormed the top 10 this week. Miami-based rapper Trick Daddy reached No. 4 with “Thugs Are Us” (Atlantic), jazzy R&B vocalist/producer Jon B. grabbed the sixth spot with his Epic release “Pleasures You Like” and the rap-infused soundtrack to Stephen Seagal/DMX vehicle “Exit Wounds” (Virgin) opened at No. 8 on sales of 91,000-plus.

“Exit Wounds” wasn’t the only release lapping up the cross-media synergy this week. On the SoundScan singles charts, Eden’s Crush’s “Get Over Yourself” (Warner) lingered in the No. 1 spot for the second week running. The girl group born out of The WB TV series “Popstars” moved 78,000 copies of the single this week — beating last week’s 77,000.

Move tops the No. 1 debut of O-Town, whose first single “Liquid Dreams” shifted 42,000 units in its first week. O-Town’s eponymous full-length album, currently at No. 57, has sold 478,000 copies to date. Eden’s Crush’s LP is due out May 1.

‘Brothers’ bow

Back on the album rankings, other new releases included the soundtrack to “Brothers” (Warner) at No. 32, more than 46,000 sold, and a pair of proteges from Cleveland rap collective Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: “Thug by Nature” (Epic) by L-Burna (aka Layzie Bone) opened at No. 43 (36,000 sold), and “The Gift” (AMC) by Bizzie Bone bowed at No. 44 (36,000).

New releases to keep an eye out for next week include “The Life” (Epic/550) from R&B crooner Ginuwine, “Crown Royal” (Profile/Arista) from rap legends Run-DMC, and “Now 6” the latest installment of Epic’s white-hot pop compilation series.

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