Jackson has 'Discipline' in No. 1 spot
EmptyIt took some "Discipline" to shake up the top of the album chart.
Janet Jackson ends Jack Johnson's three-week grip on the Billboard 200 as her Island set moved 181,000 units in its first frame. It's Jackson's sixth No. 1 album, tying her with Madonna for second-most chart toppers among female solo acts. Both are chasing Barbra Streisand's record of eight.
Thanks to the fuzzy math that represents today's depressed music biz, "Discipline" outcharts Jackson's previous two records despite far underselling both. 2006's "20 Y.O." and 2004's "Damita Jo" debuted and peaked at No. 2, but the former moved 296,000 units in its first week and the latter scanned 381,000. All of Jackson's releases since "Control," her 1986 breakthrough third album, have reached the top three. Her biggest disc was 1993's "janet," which spent a half-dozen weeks at No. 1 and has sold more than 6 million.
Jackson's last visit to the top spot was "All for You" in 2001.
Meanwhile, Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" (Brushfire) drops to No. 3, behind Erykah Badu's first album in four years. Her Universal Motown set "New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)" debuts with 124,000 units sold for the week ending March 2. It matches the Dallas-born R&B singer's best chart showing; her triple-platinum debut "Baduizm," which hit the chart 11 years ago this week, also peaked at No. 2.
Louisiana-born rapper Webbie hits a chart and sales high with "Savage Life 2" (Trill/Asylum), which sold 72,000 units to bow at No. 4. His "Savage Life" debuted at No. 8 in 2005 with 68,000.
The soundtrack to "Once" gets a meaty Oscar bump this week, jumping two dozen spots to No. 7. The Canvasback/Sony Music Soundtrax disc's previous peak was 27. The film's "Falling Slowly" won the best song Academy Award on Feb. 24.
Elsewhere, Dolly Parton's "Backwoods Barbie" sashays onto the chart at No. 17 -- the country legend's highest debut ever.
Also in the top 10 this week: Alicia Keys drops three spots to No. 5 with "As I Am" (MBK/J); Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" (Walt Disney/Hollywood) makes a major leap to No. 6, fueled by Cyrus' appearance on Barbara Walters' Oscar Night interview special on ABC; and the "Juno" soundtrack (Fox/Rhino) falls two slots to No. 8. "Little Voice" (Epic) by Sara Bareilles and "Back to Black" (Universal Republic) by Amy Winehouse lose momentum, taking the No. 9 and No. 10 positions, falling from No. 7 and No. 3, respectively.
Overall sales this week are down less than 1% from last week at 7.95 million units and down 6.4% from the same week last year.
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield and Candice Winters contributed to this report.