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WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE," the new album from Bad Boy recording group Danity Kane, has made an explosive arrival atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart. This marks the group's second consecutive #1 chart entry -- following their 2006 RIAA platinum-certified, self-titled debut -- and gives them the distinction of being the first female group in Billboard chart history to have both their debut and sophomore albums enter the main album chart at #1. "WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE" also debuts at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #1 on SoundScan's Digital Albums chart. With sales of 236,000, the superstar girl group's sophomore release surpasses the first-week sales of their debut album, a remarkable achievement in today's marketplace. It also marks the biggest first week from a female pop or R&B group since Destiny's Child in 2001, and the largest debut from any female group in any genre since the Dixie Chicks in 2006. In addition, the album is 2008's second biggest-selling debut thus far, as well as the year's top debut from a female artist, besting recent collections from such notables as Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, and Natasha Bedingfield. "This number one is for our fans, everything we do is for them," said the members of Danity Kane. "We would like to thank God, our families, Bad Boy, and Atlantic for all their love and continued support." "Over the past few years, I have not only been on a mission to make the bands, I have been on a mission to build careers," said Bad Boy CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs. "The triumphant #1 return of Danity Kane is dramatic proof that we are achieving our goal. With 'WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE,' these gifted, beautiful, platinum-selling women have confirmed their enormous talent and undeniable star power. They've come into their own with a record displaying the depth, range, quality, and energy that creates devotion and longevity. Congratulations to Danity Kane for delivering the goods and to the staff of Bad Boy for putting them back on top in such grand style."
Holla! I must reiterate that I am living for their song Damaged right about now ... the song is so infectious, a bit mindless and very, very catchy. I couldn't be more happy for the girls on this latest accomplishment. Yes, much of their success comes from excellent marketing but you cannot deny the power of a catchy song. Diddy and MTV have come up with a winning formula for success ... it's too bad that O-Town wasn't able to capitalize in the same way on their first outing on Making The Band. Waitaminute, on second thought ... I don't know that the world really needed another song like Liquid Dreams ;) Do your thing, DK ... I'm really likin' what I hear thus far. [Source]