Sean Combs has released five solo albums under five different names in the last nine years and his latest disc, “Press Play” (Bad Boy) by Diddy, is the third to hit No. 1 on the nation’s album sales chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
But with 170,000 copies sold, it is the lowest debut sales week in Combs’ career. His other No. 1s, 1997’s “No Way Out” by Puff Daddy & the Family and “We Invented the Remix” by P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family in 2002, sold 561,000 and 256,000, respectively, in their first weeks.
Diddy’s disc was one of four debuts in the top 10 for the week ended Sunday.
The second album from former kid singer and aspiring actress JoJo, “High Road” (Blackground), sold 108,000 copies to debut at No. 3. Country singer Dierks Bentley’s “Long Trip Alone” (Capitol Nashville) sold a career-best 82,000 copies to open at No. 5.
Ruben Studdard, winner of the second “American Idol” competition, opened at No. 8 selling 71,000 copies of his third disc “Return” (J Records). Labelmate Rod Stewart slid from the top of the chart to No. 6, selling 79,000 copies of “Still the Same … Great American Rock Classics of Our Time,” a 57% dip from week one.
Vince Gill’s four-disc set of all-new recordings, “These Days” (MCA Nashville), sold 42,000 copies in its opening sesh to take No. 17.
Other debuts included “Priceless,” the fifth Columbia album from R&B singer Frankie J, selling 26,000 copies (No. 30); Columbia’s “Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits,” their sixth such compilation, walking 23,000 this way to No. 33; Lonestar’s ninth disc “Mountains” (BNA), selling 22,000 (No. 37); and rapper Hi-Tek’s “Hi-Tecknology Vol. 2” (Baby Grand), selling the same and landing at No. 38.
Sarah McLachlan is the first artist to land a holiday album in the top 50 this year as “Wintersong” (Arista) debuted at No. 42 on sales of 20,000. Xzibit’s “Full Circle” (Koch) debuted at No. 50 on sales of 17,000.
Sting reaped some benefits from appearing and performing on NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” as his album of 17th-century lute music by John Dowland, “Songs From the Labyrinth,” saw an 8,000-unit spike in its second week. The Deutsche Grammophon release sold 31,000 copies and rose 12 slots to No. 25.