Danity Kane debuts atop Billboard 200 once again


Once upon a time it was a rarity for an act's first album to debut at No. 1, let alone their first two. Not anymore.

Rick Ross turned the trick last week with "Trilla." Now Danity Kane matches his feat with "Welcome to the Dollhouse," becoming the first female group to have its first two discs arrive atop the Billboard 200.

The "Making the Band" alums more than doubled their closest rival for the week ending Aug. 23, posting the second-biggest sales week of 2008; Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" debuted at No. 1 with 375,000 in February. "Dollhouse" (Bad Boy) sold 2,000 more units than the 234,000 that greeted the group's self-titled debut in 2006. It's the heaviest sales week for a female group since Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" moved 271,000 in June 2006.

Coincidentally, the first artist ever to have his first two albums bow at No. 1 is in the top 10 this week. Snoop Dogg hit the chart in 1993 with "Doggystyle" and followed with "Tha Doggfather" three years later. For good measure, the erstwhile Snoop Doggy Dogg's third set, "Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told," bowed at No. 1 in 1998. The rapper's "Ego Trippin' " falls to No. 7 after debuting at No. 3 last week (Doggystyle, 57,000).

Meanwhile, Flo Rida makes an unexpectedly lukewarm bow at No. 4 with "Mail on Sunday" (Poe Boy). The Miami rapper owns the biggest-selling digital track download of all time, "Low," which has sold 3.3 million downloads since its November release and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. But his debut album managed only an 86,000-unit start.

And from the It Was Only a Matter of Time Department: Miley Cyrus places two albums in the top 10 this week -- the first female artist to pull a double since LeAnn Rimes in March 1997. "Meet Miley Cyrus" (Hollywood, 61,000) jumps 10 spots to No. 6, while "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" holds at No. 10 (Hollywood, 51,000). The last artist to have two albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 at the same time was Ray Charles in November 2004, with "Genius Loves Company" and the "Ray" soundtrack.

Elsewhere in the top 10: The hits compilation "Now 27" holds at No. 2 (Sony BMG/EMI/Universal/Zomba, 117,000), Ross' "Trilla" falls two spots to No. 3 (Slip-N-Slide, 90,000), and Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" drops one notch to No. 5 (Brushfire, 67,000). Taylor Swift's self-titled album jumps four to No. 8 (Big Machine, 57,000), and "Little Voice" by Sara Bareilles falls two spots to No. 9 (Universal Republic, 55,000).

Overall album sales are up 11.3% compared with last week at 8.83 million but down 1.1% compared with the same week in 2007.

Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.
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