July 13, 2005


Donald Trump's hit reality show The Apprentice is considering a controversial move: dividing the teams by race. Pitting a team of African-American contestants against a team of all-white contestants "is somewhat reflective of our very vicious world," Trump told MSNBC. "But needless to say, not everybody thinks it's a good idea."
Expectations were high for the R&B star's latest release, TP.3 Reloaded, following 2000's TP-2.com as the second "sequel" to his classic solo debut, 12 Play. As predicted, the Pied Piper finds himself back on top, thanks to "Trapped," his five-part "urban operetta." According to the latest SoundScan totals, TP.3 Reloaded's impressive opening as this week's Billboard champ was nothing if not a lock.With first-week sales of close to half a million, TP.3 Reloaded crushed the competition; Kelly's nearest challenger, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, finishes as the chart's #2, but couldn't come close to matching the silky singer's sales. Missy's The Cookbook sold over 175,000 copies during its initial week at retail, just in front of Coldplay's X&Y, which spends a second straight week at #3 with nearly 127,000 scans — just enough to push overall sales of the disc to 1.5 million after five weeks of release.Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi holds the chart's #4 spot, with more than 115,000 copies scanned, followed by last week's #2 finisher, the Ying Yang Twins, who come in at #5 with second-week sales of 100,000 plus for United State of Atlanta. Last week's #1, George Strait's Somewhere Down in Texas, falls to #6, with close to 91,000 discs scanned.The Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business hangs in the top 10, claiming the chart's #7 thanks to sales of more than 75,000. Following the Peas is Baton Rouge, Louisiana, rapper Webbie, who earns the week's third-best debut showing with sales of 68,000 and change for his first album, Savage Life. Coming in at #9 are Foo Fighters with In Your Honor. The rock record netted fourth-week scans of just over 66,000, bumping Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby down to Billboard's #10 slot; the No Doubt dame's solo debut continues to rack up some of the year's most consistent sales, netted scans of almost 62,000 this week.

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