In another major week for new releases, Pretty Ricky reaches the best achievement in the US album chart for the week ended Sunday January 28th. The hip-hop boy band has ended the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack's reign at the top of the Billboard 200 with their LP, "Late Night Special", sold 132,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The group's new album beats "Wincing the Night Away" by cult indie act The Shins who comes in 2nd with 118,000 copies sold. In the 3rd spot on the album chart is DAUGHTRY's self-titled RCA debut, which held the No. 1 spot the previous week, sold another 80,000 copies. Following at No. 4 is the new release "2007 Grammy Nominees," a collection of 23 tracks from this year's award contenders, which sold 77,000 copies.
Meanwhile, John Mellencamp's "Freedom's Road" opens at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, sold 56,000 copies in its first week of release. The soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" slips to No. 6, selling another 55,700 units, followed by Akon's "Konvicted" at No. 7 with 50,500 copies. Next is Robin Thicke's "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" coming in at No. 8 with 45,000 copies, ahead of the soundtrack to the Disney Channel TV movie "Jump In!" at the 9th spot with 44,000 scans, and Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" at No. 10 with another 39,000.