'Discipline' is the artist's sixth No. 1

Janet Jackson’s first album for Island Def Jam, “Discipline,” sold 181,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, giving her the sixth No. 1 of her career, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.

Jackson has supported the Feb. 26 release with a morning performance at the Nokia Theater in New York’s Times Square and broadcast on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” On the afternoon of the release, she performed on MTV’s TRL and did an in-store CD signing event at Best Buy.

On Thursday, Jackson did a signing at the Hollywood Virgin Megastore and began a string of TV appearances: “Larry King Live” and “Ellen” last week; “Tyra Banks Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday. A tour announcement is expected shortly.

Jackson’s last No. 1 was ” All For You” in May 2001. Her last two albums, both released by Virgin, only reached No. 2 despite posting higher sales weeks: “Damita Jo” sold 381,000 in 2004 just after the famous Super Bowl incident; “20 Y.O.” sold 296,000 in 2006.

Two other debuts landed in the top five. Erykah Badu’s “New Amerykah Part 1, 4th World War” (Universal Motown), her first full-length since 2000, sold 124,000 copies in its opening sesh. Part 2 of “New Amerykah” is penciled in for a summer release.

Louisiana rapper Webbie’s “Savage Life 2” (Asylum/Trill Entertainment) sold 72,000 copies to open at No. 4, an improvement on the No. 8 peak reached by its predecessor, “Savage Life.”

Debuting at No. 13, Asylum labelmate Shawty Lo, a member of the group responsible for “Laffy Taffy,” D4L, sold 31,000 copies of his solo debut, “Units in the City.”

Dolly Parton nabbed her highest debut ever as her return to mainstream country “Backwoods Barbie” (Dolly Records) opened at No. 17, selling 27,000 units. In the SoundScan era (since 1991), Parton has only had one top 40 pop album, ” Eagle When She Flies.”

The Broadway cast album of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” (Walt Disney Records) sold 20,000 copies to open at No. 26, the highest debut for a Broadway cast recording since ” Rent” debuted at No. 19 in 1996. Promotional activities involved iTunes and Ticketmaster.

Other top 50 debuts were the Afters’ “Never Going Back to OK” (INO/Columbia) moving 16,000 (No. 41) and Goldfrapp’s “Seventh Tree” (Mute) planting 15,000 (No. 48).

Oscar night supplied some bonuses. The soundtrack to “Once,” which features Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s best song winner “Falling Slowly,” saw a 140% sales spike. Disc sold 47,000 copies to rise 24 slots to No. 7.

Miley Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus” nearly doubled in sales after the tyro thesp-singer appeared as an Oscar presenter and then on Barbara Walters’ Oscar night special. Disc rose eight slots to No. 6 on sales of 54,000.

Kate Voegele, currently seen on “One Tree Hill” playing her songs as an aspiring singer-songwriter, saw her album ” Don’t Look Away” skyrocket. Disc rose 62 slots to No. 27, selling 20,000 copies, a 135% increase.

Last week’s No. 1, Jack Johnson’s “Sleep Through the Static,” dropped to No. 3 on sales of 92,000. Disc now has a cume of 751,000.

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