Twice Is Nice: J.Lo Remixes at No. 1
by David Jenison
Feb 13, 2002, 3:25 PM PT
Once again, it's J.Lo to tha bank-o.
Jennifer Lopez made some chart history as her new release, J to tha L-O! The Remixes, became the first remix album ever to debut at number one.
For the week ended Sunday, J to tha L-O! The Remixes sold 156,000 copies, according to SoundScan numbers--proving that fans just can't get enough of the multihyphenate former Fly Girl, even if means shelling out $15 for songs they already own.
The 11-track album features the likes of Fat Joe, Irv Gotti, Rodney Jerkins, Hex Hector, and former beau P. Diddy remixing songs from her two albums, On the 6 and J.Lo, which have sold a combined 13 million copies worldwide to date. The album does include one new song, 'Alive,' which will be featured in Lopez's forthcoming feature film Enough.
Lopez, who will be making her fifth Academy Awards appearance as a presenter next month, is getting used to rewriting the entertainment world's history books. A year ago, J.Lo debuted at number one the same week her film The Wedding Planner opened on top of the box office, marking the first time anyone has scored such a two-fer.
The week's second highest debut, Ultimate Manilow, marked a personal milestone for easy-popping singer Barry Manilow. His 20-song hits collection opened with 113,000 in sales at number three--the Muzak-maker's all-time highest and best-selling first week. Manilow, who actually earned Arista Records' first ever AC and pop chart-topping single with 1975's 'Mandy,' has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide.
The week's other Top 10 newcomer, Sade's Lovers Live, debuted at number 10 with more than 65,000 copies sold, marking the best opening week for a live album this year. (Yes, we know, 2002 is still young.)
The year's only other chart-toppers, Alan Jackson's Drive and Creed's Weathered, slipped to numbers two and four, respectively.
Meanwhile, some technicalities cost Mary J. Blige a slot in the Top 10. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul cracked the Top 10 last week with the enhanced rerelease of No More Drama, which includes a new track and remixes by Common, Ja Rule and the ubiquitous P. Diddy. However, for this week's charts, the powers that be chose to count the original and the rerelease as two separate albums. As a result, the rerelease, now called No More Drama 2002, dropped to number 20, while the original version tumbled to 134.
The remaining Top 10 holdovers were Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory at five, Ludacris' Word of Mouf at six, Nickelback's Silver Side Up at seven, Ja Rule's Pain Is Love at eight and Pink's M!ssundazstood at nine.
Several new compilations debuted on the charts, led by Totally Country at 12, Grammy Nominees 2002 at 32, WOW Gospel 2002 at 46 and a Shaggy remix album called Hotshot Ultramix at 168. Other notable debuts included Mercy Me's Almost There at 92 and John Williams' American Journey at 146.
Not surprisingly, the Super Bowl added some kick to record sales. With a stellar halftime performance, U2 saw its All That You Can't Leave Behind jump 41 spots to number 25. And Britney Spears' new Pepsi commercial--debuted during the Super Bowl--helped boost Britney eight spots to number 17.
Here's a rundown of the Top 10 albums for the week ended February 11, according to SoundScan:
1. J to tha L-O! The Remixes, Jennifer Lopez
2. Drive, Alan Jackson
3. Ultimate Manilow, Barry Manilow
4. Weathered, Creed
5. Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park
6. Word of Mouf, Ludacris
7. Silver Side Up, Nickelback
8. Pain Is Love, Ja Rule
9. M!ssundazstood, Pink
10. Lovers Live, Sade
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