R&B singer R. Kelly scored his fifth No. 1 as his latest album, “TP.3 Reloaded” (Jive), sold 490,000 copies in its debut sesh.
Album has been buoyed by the five-chapter “Trapped in the Closet,” which has been released to radio one track at a time. Kelly directed and stars in a film for “Trapped” that appears on the DVD in the CD combo package.
“TP.3 Reloaded” sales total topped last year’s “Happy People/U Saved Me,” which opened with 403,000 albums sold even as Kelly was involved in a number of legal battles. Kelly, who sued Jay-Z after the rapper tossed the singer from their joint tour late last year, is still awaiting pre-trial hearing on child pornography charges.
“TP.3” outpaced the No. 2 debut, Missy Elliott’s “Cookbook” (Atlantic), which sold 176,000 copies for the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Baton Rouge, La., rapper Webbie saw his “Savage Life” (Trill/Asylum) debut at No. 8 on sales of 68,000.
The only other debut in the top 100 was the “Fantastic Four” soundtrack on Wind-up, featuring songs by Velvet Revolver, Joss Stone and Ben Moody featuring Anastacia. It sold 13,000 units.
Green Day was the only band in the top 50 to experience a post-Live 8 sales bump. “American Idiot” (Reprise) sold 38,000 copies — a 4,000-unit spike — to lift the disc seven spaces to No. 20.