Rock’s rolling away

Rap, R&B dominate as Kelly stays on top

After weeks of rock domination, rap and R&B have reclaimed the top region of the nation’s album sales chart.

Boosted by sturdy debuts from Slim Thug and Bow Wow, hip-hop acts fill six of the top nine slots, starting with R. Kelly at the top.

Kelly’s “TP.3 Reloaded” (Jive) sold 139,000 copies in it second week to hold on to the No. 1 position, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Chicago singer beat out the major label debut from Houston rapper Slim Thug, “Already Platinum” (Star Trak/Geffen). Album, which follows two indie releases, sold 129,000 in its debut sesh.

“Wanted,” the fourth album from 18-year-old rapper Bow Wow, sold 119,000 copies to open at No. 3. Columbia rapper’s current single with Omarion, “Let Me Hold You,” is gaining considerable momentum on radio across the country.

All-American Rejects, formed five years ago at an Oklahoma high school, saw their sophomore effort, “Move Along” (Interscope), open at No. 6 on sales of 90,000. Their debut album, recorded as an indie and picked up by DreamWorks, has sold 1 million copies.

Carole King made her first appearance in the top 20 in 28 years as live CD “The Living Room Tour” (Rockingale/Concord/Starbucks Hear Music) opened at No. 17 on sales of 44,000. Disc was recorded during her 2004 trek; King has taken her career-overview show — with furniture — on the road again this year, ending Aug. 14 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Other debuts in the top 50 were the mix tape from Diplomats & DukeDaGod “Dipset — More Than Music Volume 1” (Koch), which sold 38,000 copies (No. 22); the soundtrack to “Hustle & Flow” (Atlantic), which sold 29,000 (No. 31); and Willie Nelson’s reggae record “Countryman” (Lost Highway), which rolled up 21,000 sales (No. 46).

Also, “Paso a Paso” (Universal Latino), the sixth album from Spanish- language heartthrob Luis Fonsi, sold 15,000 (No. 62); Fatty Koo, whose single “Bounce” was featured during the recent NBA playoffs, sold 15,000 copies of “House of Fatty Koo” (Columbia); Concord’s compilation of duets with Italian singer Zucchero, “Zucchero & Co.,” debuted at No. 85 on sales of 12,000; and Son Volt’s first disc for Sony Legacy, “Okemah and the Melody of Riot,” sold 11,000 to open at No. 89.

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