Weekly double for Lewis
Rookie's album, single rule chartsEnglish singer Leona Lewis has done what her Grammy-laden countrywoman Amy Winehouse could not: hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In doing so, Lewis becomes the first British female solo act to top the chart with a debut album.
In fact, "Spirit" is the first disc by any solo Brit woman to hit the summit since Sade's "Promise" in February 1986, when Lewis was not even a year old.
The album from the winner of England's TV singing competition "The X Factor" more than tripled the sales of its closest rival for the week ending April 13. Adding to Lewis' magical week, her single "Bleeding Love" returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 after falling to No. 4 two weeks ago.
The three other albums that debut in the top 10 this week cut a wide swath through the musical landscape — from country to R&B/rap to Christian metal.
Nashville-based singer James Otto breaks out in a big way with "Sunset Man," which opens at No. 3. It's his first album to hit the big chart; Otto's debut, "Days of Our Lives," spent one week on the country chart in March 2004.
Multihyphenate Ray J scores his first top 10 with his fourth album, "All I Feel." The set is fueled by the single "Sexy Can I," with rapper Yung Berg, which has given both artists their first top three hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Veteran Christian metal act P.O.D. returns to the top tier with "When Angels & Serpents Dance." It's the San Diego band's fourth top 10, dating to 2001's triple-platinum "Satellite."
Overall album sales were 7.36 million units, down 7.8% from last week and down 8.6% from the same week in 2007.
1 New Leona Lewis Spirit 205,000
2 1 George Strait Troubadour 59,000
3 New James Otto Sunset Man 58,000
4 3 Various artists Now 27 47,000
5 2 R.E.M. Accelerate 46,000
6 5 Soundtrack Alvin and the Chipmunks 40,000
7 New Ray J All I Feel 39,000
8 9 Rick Ross Trilla 34,000
9 New P.O.D. When Angels & Serpents Dance 34,000
10 7 Danity Kane Welcome to the Dollhouse 28,000