Omarion solo disc hits top chart spot

'O' on the go as sales hit 182,000

Omarion, former leader of the urban boy band B2K, moved 182,000 copies of his Epic debut “O” to take the top slot on the week’s album sales chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The singer, who appeared in the pics “Fat Albert” and “You Got Served,” outdid the best of his former outfit, which debuted at No. 2 with the release of their first album in 2002.

Records by Ray Charles, Green Day and the Game all dropped a slot to make way for “O” in the week that ended Sunday. Charles’ “Genius Loves Company” (Concord/Hear) sold 109,000, edging Green Day’s “American Idiot” (Reprise) by 700 units. The Game’s “The Documentary” (Interscope) sold 105,000.

Tori Amos’ “The Beekeeper,” her second album for Epic, opened at No. 5, selling 82,000 copies. Her fifth top 10 debut coincides with the release of her book “Piece by Piece,” which debuted at No. 14 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

She was followed by Columbia’s John Legend, whose debut “Get Lifted” sold 80,000.

Razor & Tie’s seventh volume of the potent “Kidz Bop” series of cover versions of hit songs debuted at No. 7 selling 73,000 for the series’ best debut week.

Other debuts were relegated to slots between Nos. 54 and 96. “The Truth” (Koch), the sixth album from Master P’s rap act Tru, sold 20,000; rappers Layzie Bone and Bizzy’s “Bone Brothers” (Koch) sold 18,000 (No. 60); low-priced punk compilation “Atticus: Dragging the Lake Vol. 3” (Side One Dummy) sold 17,000; Los Lonely Boys’ “Live at the Fillmore” (Epic) moved 16,000; and Thievery Corporation’s “Cosmic Game” (Eleventh Street Lounge) and Chely Wright’s “Metropolitan Hotel” (Dualtone) sold 12,000 each.

Puerto Rican reggae artist Daddy Yankee enjoyed the week’s only sales gain in the top 50, selling 26,000 copies of “Barrio Fino” (V.I. Music), a 4,000 unit boost.

In stores today is 50 Cent’s “The Massacre,” whose bow was moved up to beat some of the piracy. Others that will shake up the top 10 are Jennifer Lopez’s “Rebirth,” Jack Johnson’s “In Between Dreams” and Mars Volta’s “Frances the Mute,” all of which are expected to sell more than 100,000.

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