HOLLYWOOD — Rapper Twista, who had not had a full-fledged solo release in nearly seven years, soared to No. 1 on this week’s SoundScan chart, selling 312,000 copies of “Kamikaze” (Atlantic) in the week ended Sunday.
Album was driven by the No. 1 rap and R&B tune on radio, “Slow Jamz.” Known as the world’s fastest rapper, Twista has made appearances on tracks by Jay-Z, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Timbaland & Magoo, Ludacris, 112 and others since his last solo disc, 1997’s “Adrenaline Rush.”
Rap duo OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (LaFace/Arista) slid to No. 2 with a minor sales drop to 84,000, a similar situation for “Very Best of Sheryl Crow” (A&M), which sold 80,000 copies and dropped to third from second.
Top 10ers Evanescence, Ruben Studdard, Britney Spears and Chingy all saw sales increases, with Chingy’s “Jackpot” (Capitol) getting the biggest spike — 13,000 units — to get it to No. 9 on sales of 57,000. “Jackpot’s” cume topped 2 million last week.
Three compilations were the only discs making top 50 debuts in the week. “Fired Up!,” an album of dance hits on indie Razor & Tie, sold more than 50,000 copies, good enough for No. 14. “WOW Gospel 2004,” Verity’s collection of 2003’s top gospel artists and songs, hit No. 27 on sales of 31,000 and “Disneymania 2,” featuring current stars singing Disney classics, sold 31,000 and came in at No. 29.
Storming out of the box Tuesday were Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down” (Arista Nashville) and Incubus’ “A Crow Left of the Murder” (Epic) , which should land one-two on next week’s chart.