The success of Twista's single ''Slow Jamz'' has helped the Chicago rapper launch a ''Kamikaze'' attack on the Billboard album chart. ''Kamikaze,'' his second album, debuted at No. 1 this week and sold 312,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Not bad first-week numbers for a musician whose first album, 1998's ''Mobstability,'' blew no higher than No. 34 and has sold 397,000 copies to date.
The only album this week to sell more than 100,000 copies, ''Kamikaze'' pushed last week's top three albums down one slot each. Last week's chart-topper, OutKast's ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,'' finished second and moved another 85,000 units. ''The Very Best of Sheryl Crow'' landed at No. 3 on sales of 80,000. Evanescence's ''Fallen'' fell one spot to fourth place and sold another 74,000 albums. Ruben Studdard's ''Soulful'' held at No. 5, though he saw a 5 percent rise in sales to 70,000.
Britney Spears' ''In the Zone'' climbed four rungs to No. 6, pushing Toby Keith's ''Shock'N Y'all'' down one notch to No. 7. The ''2004 Grammy Nominations'' collection fell four spaces to No. 8. Chingy, who saw his single ''One Call Away'' profiled on MTV's ''Making the Video'' this week, saw his disc ''Jackpot'' jump six places to No. 9. Sliding three slots to No. 10 was the compilation ''NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 14.''