Diddy Talks Danity Kane, Outkast Race For #1

Bad Boy Entertainment’s R&B girl group Danity Kane could top the album charts next week with their self-titled debut album.

The group’s album has sold over 100,000 units since its August 22 release and is projected to move over 200,000 copies by next week, making it one of the fastest selling albums in the U.S. this week.

"The girls are a phenomenon, you know what I’m saying?" Combs told AllHipHop.com. "Their record just went to radio so they didn’t even have a record, no spins at radio. It shows the true testament of their fanbase people that watch the show and how hot the album is. The word of mouth on the album is so crazy, with the production from Timbaland, to Scott Storch, to Rodney Jerkins to Brian Cox. It’s something out of no where."

The Making The Band 3 reality-TV stars’ first single, "Show Stopper,"

premiered at #14 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart, and peaked at #17 on the Top 100 singles chart.

"It’s the culmination of many factors, and Danity Kane actually brings back the excitement of what the music business is all about," said Steve Lerner, Circuit City’s Senior National Buyer/Music.

"The kids are going to the stores and the stores are sold out," Combs said. "We are rushing to keep it in the stores. [As] soon as we put in the stores it sells out. If these girls outsell [one of the] biggest rap groups in history, that’s just gonna be crazy.

It’s crazy for them [Danity Kane] to even be in contention. It’s the story of the year in the music industry, the story of the year at retail."

Popular Atlanta rap group Outkast’s Idlewild soundtrack is also expected to contend for the chart-topping spot. The album is expected to move over 200,000 copies as well. Their film Idlewild also premiered in theaters today (Aug. 25).

After a strong first week of over 356,000 copied in sales and a chart-topping spot on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, pop star Christina Aguilera’s album Back To Basics is also expected to do well in it’s second week and can possibly reclaim the top spot.

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