New Orleans hip-hop duo the Big Tymers lived up to their name Wednesday, bowing at the top of the latest album rankings in an otherwise languid week for record sales.
“Hood Rich” (Universal/Cash Money) scanned 160,000 copies — enough to stave off the self-titled Def Jam debut of R&B phenom Ashanti at second place and send country crooner Kenny Chesney packing to third. Sales of Chesney’s latest effort, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” (BNA) sank nearly 50% in its sophomore session to 125,000.
Spidey finishes fourth
The record-breaking box-office success of action blockbuster “Spider-Man” last weekend trickled down to the film’s soundtrack this week. The Columbia Records release, which features tracks from Aerosmith, the Strokes and Macy Gray, landed in fourth place, selling more than 112,000 copies.
Just behind Spidey in fifth was a surprisingly strong debut from comely pop newcomer Vanessa Carlton. The Ron Fair-produced “Be Not Nobody” (A&M) moved nearly 102,000 discs out of the gate, thanks in large part to heavy airplay for the first single “A Thousand Miles” on both radio and MTV.
Further down in the top 10, classically trained pop singer Josh Groban continued to trade off a wave of publicity from a profile on ABC’s “20/20” and earlier appearances on “Ally McBeal.” His eponymous disc (Warner Bros.) held fast at ninth, but sales climbed 23% to 71,000.
‘Silver’ mines success
Also gaining substantial ground was “Silver Lining” (Capitol), the latest from songwriter and slide guitar virtuosa Bonnie Raitt, which gained 10 places to 17th and boosted sales by 18%. And jazzy young vocalist Norah Jones’ album “Come Away With Me” (Blue Note) rebounded by nine spots to 37th, logging a 21% sales gain.
Other debuts to break the top 50 in the latest sesh included “Heavy Starch” (Universal), from St. Lunatics crew member Ali, at No. 24; a self-titled solo effort on Elektra Records from Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio at 45; and “Blazing Arrow” (MCA) from hip-hop collective Blackalicious at 49.
Next week will see yet another new contender for the top spot. “Juslisen” (Def Jam), from singer Musiq (formerly Musiq Soulchild) is set for a strong bow — as is the “Unplugged 2.0” double CD (Columbia) from mercurial R&B star Lauryn Hill.