Prince chalks up first debut No. 1 album

March 29, 2006 at 4:27 PM

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- Prince scored his first career No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 albums chart Wednesday with "3121," which also topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Prince's last No. 1 on The Billboard 200 was "Batman" in 1989.

The soundtrack to the Disney Channel's "High School Musical" fell to No. 2 on the Billboard 200, followed by James Blunt's "Back to Bedlam" at No. 3, which is also No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart.

Barry Manilow's "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties" flew back up the chart from No. 24 to No. 4, while Ne-Yo's "In My Own Words" slipped one spot to No. 5.

Rapper B. Gizzle's "The Heart of Tha Streetz, Vol. 2: I Am What I Am," bowed at No. 6, and Ben Harper grabbed his first Top 10 with "Both Sides of the Gun" debuting at No. 7.

Teddy Geiger, 17, debuted at No. 8 with his first full-length album "Underage Thinking," followed by Alan Jackson's "Precious Memories" at No. 9 and "The Legend of Johnny Cash" filling out the top tier at No. 10.

Sales rose 2 percent from the previous week with 10.6 million albums sold, but lagged 13 percent behind the same week last year. Overall 2006 sales were 4 percent behind 2005 sales, with 129.6 million albums.

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