Rivals bow to UGK's 'Kingz'
Plies makes it a 1-2 punch for rapAfter a five-year absence from the Billboard 200, hip-hop troupe UGK returns in a big way with its first chart-topper, "Underground Kingz." The Jive set moved 160,000 copies in the U.S. during its debut frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Aug. 12.
It marks the best sales week ever for UGK and its members, Bun B and Pimp C. UGK's previous charting and sales best came with 2001's "Dirty Money," which bowed at No. 18 with 98,000.
Plies' debut "The Real Testament" (Slip-N-Slide) enters at No. 2. Fueled by its popular single "Shawty," featuring T-Pain, the rapper's album sold 96,000 units.
The "Now 25" hits compilation keeps the No. 3 spot warm on the big chart for a second week, selling 86,000. Miley Cyrus' Walt Disney/Hollywood double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" climbs a slot to No. 4 with 75,000.
The Jonas Brothers' self-titled sophomore record shifted 69,000 copies to debut at No. 5. It's the first album to be issued in the CDVU+ format. The packaging features 100% recycled paper, and the CD unlocks photos, lyrics and liner notes when inserted in a computer. The pop-rock group's debut effort, 2006's "It's About Time" (Columbia), bowed and peaked at No. 91.
The New Line soundtrack to "Hairspray" falls two notches to No. 6 with 69,000, a few hundred short of the Jonas Brothers' sum. After bowing on top last week, Common's "Finding Forever" descends to No. 7 with 58,000.
Fergie's "The Dutchess" (will.i.am/A&M/Interscope) climbs a rung to No. 8 with 52,000, flip-flopping with T.I.'s Grand Hustle/Atlantic set "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," which moved 45,000. Korn's "Untitled" (Virgin) falls eight places to No. 10 with 39,000.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.