By Michael Slezak
Updated February 08, 2006 at 12:00 PM EST

Can anybody tell me what the heck is going on with this week’s Billboard album chart?

I mean, it’s like the Bizarro top 20 up in there. First, you’ve got suddenly white-hot Barry Manilow debuting at No. 1 with 156,000 copies sold of his latest disc, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties; it’s the first time the ”Copacabana” singer has topped the chart in almost 29 years. While one might be able to credit his performance on last week’s Dancing With the Stars results show for driving some folks to the record store, that doesn’t explain the strong sales showing for several other acts that don’t get a lot of help from radio or MTV, including Andrea Bocelli, who debuts at No. 3 with Amore, his highest-charting disc ever, and Il Divo, whose Ancora hangs tough at No. 6.

Even Tony winner Heather Headley, whose pop-R&B collection In My Mind debuts at No. 5, isn’t exactly your typical chart topper. Add to it decent debuts for Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition (No. 18) and WOW Gospel 2006 (No. 20), and you’ve got yourself a countdown that’s far from ordinary. If this keeps up, what else can we expect? Breakthrough stateside sales for Anastacia and Robbie Williams? A boy can dream, yo.

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