'Making the Band' group hits No. 1 on charts

Diddy’s made-on-TV band Danity Kane has secured its second No. 1 album, selling 236,000 units of “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (Bad Boy) in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.

Total edged the first-week sales of “Danity Kane,” the femme quintet’s debut, by 2,000.

Danity Kane is the third band to be created on “Making of the Band,” following O-Town, whose debut peaked at No. 5, and Da Band, which had a No. 2 album in 2003.

The Danity Kane disc was one of six top 50 debuts in a week that saw sales spike for 26 returning albums, largely attributable to spring school vacations. Soundtracks and albums targeted toward tweens and younger did particularly well.

Flo Rida’s debut, “Mail on Sunday” (Poe Boy/Atlantic), was the only other top 10 debut, selling 86,000 copies to open at No. 4. Album contains his No. 1 single “Low” with T-Pain.

The second album from Gnarls Barkley, “Odd Couple” (Downtown/Atlantic), opened at No. 18 on sales of 31,000. Title was rush released due to Internet leaks; going three weeks early translated into 26,000 sales being downloads.

The debut disc from producer-songwriter Rocko, “Self-Made” (Island), sold 28,000 copies to open at No. 21.

“Silverback Gorilla” (Koch), the second album from Sheek Louch, a former member of the Bad Boy’s Yonkers, N.Y., rap group Lox, sold 17,000 to open at No. 41. Celtic Thunder, an Irish-American band from the D.C. area, sold 16,000 copies of “Celtic Thunder The Show” (Decca).

With the kids out of school, music purchases became popular. “Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus” rose 137% to 61,000 and 10 spots on the chart to No. 6; Cyrus’ “Best of Both Worlds Concert” soundtrack saw a 48% spike to 51,000; “Alvin & the Chipmunks” nearly doubled sales to 48,000 (No. 11); “Jonas Brothers” (47,000, No. 12), “Kidz Bop 13” (36,000, No. 16) and “Radio Disney Kid Jams Vol. 10” (30,000, No. 20) all more than doubled sales from the previous week.

Among soundtracks, “Juno” was up 6,000 to 26,000; “August Rush” was up 8,000 to 20,000; “Once” held steady at 19,000; “Enchanted” nearly quadrupled sales to 18,000, rising 109 slots to No. 39; and “High School Musical 2” was up 6,000 to 16,000.

In her first week as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Carrie Underwood saw her “Carnival Ride” more than double in sales to 37,000 copies and rise 18 slots to No. 15. Fellow “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks saw her self-titled debut sell 24,000 copies, a 6,000-unit boost.

Kellie Pickler’s return to “American Idol” put her “Small Town Girl” back into the top 200, selling 6,000 copies (No. 146). Randy Jackson’s album “Randy Jackson’s Music Club” took a beating, dropping by 50% to 6,000 sold and falling 84 slots to No. 134.

Last week’s No. 1, Rick Ross’ “Trilla,” dropped to No. 3 on sales of 90,000.

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