Daughtry becomes latest 'Idol' hand to score a No. 1
Band's debut disc edges 'Dreamgirls'The debut from Daughtry, the band led by former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry, ascends to No. 1 in its ninth week on the Billboard 200 by selling 65,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Jan. 21. His margin over the No. 2 album, Music World's "Dreamgirls" soundtrack, is the slimmest ever between the top two titles on this chart — about 130 copies.
"Daughtry" (RCA) debuted at No. 2 in November and has not dipped lower than No. 11 since. Sales increased 30% compared with last week, which coincided with the premiere of the new season of "Idol."
Still, it was the third consecutive week that the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 has shifted fewer than 100,000 copies. The last time this happened was in May-June 1991, shortly after Billboard began using SoundScan sales data.
Walt Disney Records' "Jump In!" soundtrack rises to No. 3 after debuting at No. 5 last week, selling 57,000 copies. Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled Capitol debut reaches a new peak of No. 4 in its 31st chart week, climbing 28 spots on a 155% sales boost to 55,000; the British artist performed last week on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and is up for three Grammys next month.
Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/ Universal) slides three places to fifth with 52,000 units shift- ed, while Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) falls from third to sixth with 42,000 units sold. The Sony- distributed hits compilation "Now 23" remains at No. 7 with 36,000 sold, Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" (Roadrunner) inches up to No. 8 on a barely detectable sales drop to 35,000, and Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (RCA) jumps back into the top 10 with a 33,000 sales week, good for the No. 9 spot.
Beyonce's "B'Day" rounds out the top 10, falling four places.
Diana Ross enjoys the top debut on the chart this week with her Manhattan album "I Love You" at No. 32. The set sold 21,000 copies, good enough for Ross' best Billboard 200 ranking since 1984's "Swept Away" peaked at No. 26.
Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard.