August 30, 2006

MTV band Danity Kane, OutKast lead U.S. charts

By Katie Hasty

NEW YORK (Billboard) - In yet another big week for new
releases on the U.S. albums chart, the MTV-constructed band
Danity Kane trumped hip-hop duo OutKast to take the top spot,
while Paris Hilton scored the highest debut for a new solo
female pop artist this year with a No. 6 entry.

Danity Kane's Bad Boy Records set sold 234,000 copies in
the week ended August 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The winners of MTV's "Making the Band 3" in 2005, the
quintet exceeded the debuts of the two other "Making the Band"
winners: O-Town's self-titled began with 145,000 at No. 5 in
2001 and Da Band's "Too Hot for T.V." started with 204,000 at
No. 2 in 2003.

OutKast opened at No. 2 with its fifth effort, the
soundtrack to its film "Idlewild." The LaFace release sold
196,000 units, a huge drop from 2003's Grammy-winning
"Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," which moved 510,000 units in its
first week. The duo's film "Idlewild" opened at No. 9 at the
North American box office last weekend with just $5.7 million.

Hilton's Warner Bros. set "Paris" debuted at No. 6 with
77,000 units; it features the top 20 hit single "Stars Are

Reigning champ Christina Aguilera's RCA album "Back to
Basics" fell to No. 3 with 135,000.

Mexican rock group Mana set a new record with "Amar Es
Combatir" (Warner Latina), which became the highest charting
and biggest debut for a Spanish-language album for a duo or
group on The Billboard 200. "Amar" opened at No. 4 and sold
87,000 copies. It also crowned both the Top Rock Albums and Top
Latin Albums charts.

Disney's "The Cheetah Girls 2" soundtrack held tight at No.
5 in its second week on the big chart with 81,000 copies.

The multi-artist compilation "NOW 22" slipped one to No. 7
in its seventh week, moving 68,000 copies.

Lamb Of God's Epic set "Sacrament" bowed at No. 8 with
63,000, earning the hard rock group its best chart position and
sales week ever. Its last set, 2004's "Ashes of the Wake,"
debuted and peaked at No. 27 with 35,000.

Luther Vandross' "The Ultimate Luther Vandross" debuted at
No. 9 with 59,000. The set features 18 of the late soul
singer's greatest hits, plus a handful of previously unreleased

Kelis closed out the top tier with "Kelis Was Here" (Jive).
The release bowed at No. 10 with 58,000, which easily trumped
her previous best charting position with 2003's "Tasty" (No.
27). Another big debut this week was country artist Pat Green's
"Cannonball" (BNA) at No. 20 with 38,000 units.

At 9.54 million units, overall CD sales were down less than
1% from last week's count and down 1.2% compared to the same
week a year ago. Sales for 2006 are down 6% compared to 2005 at
344.61 million units.