You know the old saying: Ladies first. Well, on this week’s Billboard album chart, it was ladies first, second, fourth, and sixth, as four high-profile female solo artists stormed the charts with impressive first-week sales. Gretchen Wilson (left) took the pole position with sales of 264,000 on her sophomore disc, All Jacked Up, according to Nielsen SoundScan, followed by Sheryl Crow’s Wildflower, with 140,000 copies. Toni Braxton’s Libra came in at No. 4, with 114,000, while Lil’ Kim’s The Naked Truth, entered at No. 6, with sales of 109,000. The only other top 10 debuts came courtesy of Three 6 Mafia’s Most Known Unknown, which just edged Braxton’s disc for the No. 3 slot with 115,000, and Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul, who came in at No. 7 with sales of 107,000 for The Trinity.
Here’s to keeping that vital estrogen-testosterone chart balance in place.