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Timbaland tops Hot 100

After eight weeks in the lower regions of the Hot 100 singles chart on the strength of airplay, Timbaland's Give It To Me collaboration with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake was finally  released in digital format last week, and sales of more than 248,000 are enough to send it rocketing 42-1, writes Alan Jones .

It is the second highest first week in the history of digital downloads, narrowly trailing the 250,000 that Justin Timberlake's SexyBack - co-produced and co-written by Timbaland - shifted last September, immediately after its release.

Give It To Me's jump to number one is the second biggest in singles chart history, behind the 52-1 move made by original American Idol Kelly Clarkson's debut single A Moment Like This in September 2002. SexyBack's big first week sale, incidentally, helped it to surge 31-1 - the fifth highest move to number one in chart history.

Two more cuts from Timbaland's new album, Shock Value, debut on the Hot 100 this week, propelled into the list by download sales. In at number 91 is another Timberlake collaboration, Release, followed closely at number 95 by Apologize, which also features One Republic.

The album itself is one of the leading new entries on The Top 200, debuting at number five on sales of 138,000. Although 28 new entries pour into The Top 200 - including nine in the Top 25 - the new number one is a climber, specifically the hits package Now! 24, which rides a 7% dip in sales to 213,000 to take the title.

Country star Tim McGraw, who was number one last week, slips to second place with Let It Go, with sales dipping 45.7% to 176,500. Fellow country act Martina McBride lands the week's highest debut, and secures her fourth straight Top 10 album, with Waking Up Laughing in at three on sales of 143,500.

Hilary Duff is also on a run, and debuts at number four with Dignity on sales of 140,000. It's her fourth straight top five album - an impressive record for a singer who doesn't even turn 20 until September.

Duff got to number one with her last album, and so did rapper Paul Wall, who has to settle for a number eight debut this time around, with Get Money, Stay True selling 92,000 copies.

Also new to the Top 20 is country star Alison Krauss, who secures the highest placing of her career with A Hundred Miles Or More - a collection of previously released tracks bolstered by a handful of new recordings - in at number 10 on sales of 73,000;  more country in the form of Live At Texas Stadium, featuring heavyweights Alan Jackson, George Strait and Jimmy Buffett in concert, a combination potent enough to generate 67,000 sales and a number 11 debut; Illlinois hard rockers Chevelle's Vena Sera, in at 12 on sales of 62,000; and the redneck comedy of Daniel Whitney aka Larry The Cable Guy, whose latest collection of sketches, Morning Constitutions, arrives at number 16 with sales of 56,000 copies.

Amidst all the new entries, the only one by a British act is a new Deep Purple compilation - though ironically it is one which celebrates their American alumnus Ronnie Dio, as its title The Dio Years, suggests. It debuts at number 54 on sales of 21,000.

After being split up last week, Britain's female soul patrol reasserts its authority, and once again provides the top three albums by UK acts in the Top 200. Introducing Joss Stone dips 8-20 on sales down 18.2% at 47,000; Amy Winehouse's Back To Black falls 12-22 with sales off just 1.4% at 45,500; and Corinne Bailey Rae falls 35-43 even though her self-titled debut album enjoyed a 1.6% expansion in sales to 26,500.

Mika's Life In Cartoon Motion falls from its debut position of 29 to 44, with sales down 12% to 26,000, while Elton John's latest hits package Rocket Man suffers a much great crash, diving 9-47 with sales more than halved week-on-week to 23,000.

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