R+B sensation Ne-Yo has taken his debut solo album to the top of the US charts after selling 301,000 copies of IN MY OWN WORDS. The album sold 170,000 copies more than its closest competition, Disney soundtrack High School Musical, which took over the top spot last week (ends03MAR06). Meanwhile, Ne-Yo's hit SO SICK is currently in the singles chart top ten. It isn't the first time the singer/songwriter has tasted life at the top of the charts - he penned Mario's LET ME LOVE YOU, which spent nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at the beginning of 2005. Other new entries include rockers Hawthorne Heights, who debut at number three on the new chart with IF ONLY YOU WERE LONELY, and country superstar Alan Jackson's gospel album PRECIOUS MEMORIES debuts at number four. Meanwhile, Kid Rock returns to the US album chart - his LIVE TRUCKER album bows at number 12.