Diddy bops to top of pops
His first No. 1 album since '97No matter what you call him, he's No. 1: Rap mogul Diddy climbs into the saddle at the top of the Billboard 200 this week with his new Bad Boy album "Press Play."
Sean Combs — known variously during his career as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and just plain Diddy — racked up first-week sales of 170,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 22. It is his first No. 1 album since his 1997 debut collection and is benefiting from strong radio play for "Come to Me," a duet with the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger.
Demi-goth rock unit Evanescence's "The Open Door" (Wind-up) holds onto its No. 2 position for a second consecutive week; the band's sophomore release dips 31%, selling 112,000.
The only other title to sell more than 100,000 units this week is teen songbird JoJo's second album, "The High Road" (Da Family/Blackground), which comes in at No. 3 on 108,000 sold. It's the singer's top chart position, nosing out the No. 4 bow of her 2004 debut.
Justin Timberlake's still-muscular "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) bounces up three slots to No. 4 in its sixth week, just missing a six-figure tally with 99,000 shifted.
Country star Dierks Bentley's "Long Trip Alone" (Capitol Nashville) trips in at No. 5, rounding up debut-week sales of 82,000.
Last week's No. 1 bow, Rod Stewart's recital "Still the Same … Great Rock Classics of Our Time" (J Records), drops five positions with a 57% decline, arriving at No. 6 with 79,000 sold. Oklahoma City rock act Hinder continues to rise on the strength of its hit "Lips of an Angel"; the band's "Extreme Behavior" (Universal) climbs two positions to No. 7, tallying 76,000.
"American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is back with "The Return" (J Records); he arrives at No. 8 with initial sales of 71,000 units. There are signs that the novelty may be wearing off: Studdard's 2003 post-"Idol" debut moved 417,000 copies its first week.
Tony Bennett's "Duets: An American Classic" slips four positions to No. 9; the collection of superstar duets sold 68,000.
The Killers' "Sam's Town" (Island) fades four rungs to No. 10, losing a third of its sales; the Las Vegas group's Americana-influenced move tracked 62,000 copies in its third week.
The week's most surprising chart entry may be country star Vince Gill's multifaceted four-CD boxed set "These Days" (MCA Nashville), which comes aboard at No. 17 with debut sales of 42,000.