The Roots' 'Tipping' debuts at #4

Still strumming his six-string but finding new fans in the country arena, Jimmy Buffett registered his first No. 1 album, 30 years after he debuted on the album chart.

“License to Chill” (RCA Nashville) sold 238,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, almost double the sales of long-running No. 2, Usher’s “Confessions” (LaFace), according to figures from SoundScan. Buffett’s debut single, “Hey Good Lookin’,” featuring Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Toby Keith and Clint Black, is currently in the top 10 on radio airplay charts.

Rap group the Roots debuted at No. 4 as the band’s “Tipping Point” (Geffen) sold 109,000 in week one. Hollywood Records’ soundtrack to “A Cinderella Story,” featuring songs from Hilary Duff, sold 72,000 copies in its first week; film opened Friday and did $13.6 million at the box office for the weekend.

Another soundtrack, Metallica’s “Some Kind of Monster” EP (Elektra), sold 30,000 units and debuted at No. 37. Adam Sandler’s “Shhh … Don’t Tell” (Warner) was the only other top-50 debut. Comic’s latest sold 24,000 to land at No. 47.

Top 10 also saw the return of Prince, who rose to 74,000 from 19,000 thanks to three Madison Square Garden concerts at which his “Musicology” CD was distributed to ticket buyers.

Other debuting albums were Beenie Man’s “Back to Basics” (Virgin) with sales of 21,000; Devin the Dude’s “To tha X-Treme,” which sold 20,000; Sparta’s “Porcelain” (DreamWorks), moving 19,000; and Daddy Yankee’s “Barrino Fino,” which sold 17,000.

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