Just as Jennifer Lopez' single "Ain't It Funny" captures the top spot on The Billboard Hot 100, her Epic remix album "J to Tha L-O!" rebounds to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Despite a 24% drop in sales to 102,000 units, according to SoundScan, "J to Tha L-O!" enjoyed a slight edge over Linkin Park's Warner Bros. album "[Hybrid Theory]," which moves up 4-2 on sales of 96,000 units.
Lopez' "Ain't It Funny" featuring Ja Rule had been inching to the top of the Hot 100 in recent weeks, and it skips 3-1 thanks to a slight increase in radio play. Lopez' two chart-toppers have relied primarily on crossover markets. Her "J to Tha L-O!" is No. 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, the same position "Ain't It Funny" holds on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
"The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" (Centric/Zomba) scores the top debut on The Billboard 200, rocketing to No. 4 on first week sales of 91,000 units, the second-highest opening of the gospel star's career. The set easily rockets to the top of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, where it appeared last week at No. 92 due to street-date violations. Franklin's best debut is a No. 3 entry by his 1997 album "God's Property," which moved 119,000 units in its first week. The set has sold close to 2 million units to date.
Last week's No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista), slips down to No. 3 on a 48% slide to sales of 96,000 units. "Drive," however, maintains its grip on Billboard's Top Country Albums roundup, while Jo Dee Messina's "Bring on the Rain" featuring Tim McGraw hops 3-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Back on The Billboard 200, Britney Spears' Jive album "Britney" scoots 14-9, a bump most certainly attributed to the theatrical release of her feature film "Crossroads." The hard rock/industrial Warner Bros. soundtrack to the film "Queen of the Damned," which stars the late Aaliyah, is the only other debut in the top half of The Billboard 200, arriving at No. 39.
Elsewhere, Fat Joe's "J.O.S.E.: Jealous Ones Still Envy" (Terror Squad/Atlantic) soars 67-45, while his single "What's Love" featuring Ashanti cruises 23-15 on the Hot 100. Janet Jackson's "All for You" (Virgin), gets a lift from her HBO special, rebounding 97-49 on a 50% sales burst. The album blasts 59-30 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Over on the singles charts, Mr. Cheeks' "Lights, Camera, Action!" is starting to flex its muscle in crossover markets and is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail, jumping 16-14 as it becomes the week's top-selling single. The cut is No. 1 for a second week in a row on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, Mr. Cheeks' tune surrenders the top spot to Tweet's "Oops (Oh My)." Meanwhile, Faith Evans' "I Love You" glides 7-3.
The top debut on the Hot 100 is Pink's "Don't Let Me Get Me," rolling its way to No. 60. Other newcomers include "It's Goin' Down" from New York turntablists the X-ecutioners at No. 93, Nappy Roots' "AWNAW" at No. 97, and Knoc-Tun'Al's "Knoc" with Dr. Dre. & Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott at No. 98.
On Billboard's rock airplay charts, Puddle of Mudd's "Blurry" reigns again. The cut enters its fourth-straight week atop the Mainstream Rock Tracks list and seventh in command of the Modern Rock Tracks tally.