Holds His Ground At No. 1
Usher's "Confessions" has extended its streak of
weeks atop The Billboard 200 to four. The LaFace/Zomba set
sold 302,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen
SoundScan. That total represents a 34% slide from the previous
week, but leaves Usher at No. 1 by a large margin.
U.S. album sales were down about 22% from the previous week
to 10.4 million units, about 22% lower than the comparable
week last year. Sales for the year are about 8% ahead of 2003.
15th volume of the various-artists compilation "NOW That's
What I Call Music!" (EMI/Universal/Sony/Zomba/Capitol)
is the only other album to top 100,000 in sales for the week.
Even so, sales of the set slid 56% to 122,000 copies, but
it holds steady at No. 2 on the chart.
week's biggest gainer is Hoobastank's "The Reason"
(Island), which catapults 15 spots to No. 3 on a 6% gain to
74,000 copies sold. The set has sold 670,000 copies in 19
weeks on the chart.
Reason" is the only newcomer to the top 10 this week,
and one of only two albums in the top 30 to post a sales gain.
The other is the Wind-Up soundtrack "The Punisher: The
Album," which leaps 54-22 in its fourth week on the chart,
with sales up 22% to 34,000.
Billboard 200's top debut is Sugarcult's "Palm Trees
and Power Lines" (Fearless/Artemis), coming in at No.
46 on 22,000 copies sold. It's the band's best showing on
the chart; its 2001 debut, "Start Static" (Ultimatum/Artemis),
peaked at No. 194.
notable entries include the Maverick soundtrack to "Kill
Bill Vol. 2," which lands at No. 58 on sales of 17,000
copies; New Zealand teenager Hayley
Westenra's debut "Pure" (Decca) at No. 70 (13,000
copies); and guitar
whiz Joe Satriani's "Is There Love in Space" (Sony),
docking at No. 80 (12,000 copies).
a largely unchanged top 10, Guns N' Roses' "Greatest
Hits" (Geffen) makes a 9-5 upward move despite a 22%
drop to sales of 69,000 copies. Rebounding into the upper
echelon is Kanye West's "The College Dropout" (Roc-A-Fella/Def
Jam), which is up four spots to No. 10 on sales of 63,000
copies, 18% below the previous week.
out the top 10 are Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo" (Virgin,
No. 4), Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" (Blue Note,
No. 6), Jessica Simpson's "In This Skin" (Columbia,
No. 7), Evanescence's "Fallen" (Wind-Up, No. 8)
and Lil' Flip's "U Gotta Feel Me" (Sucka Free/Columbia,
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
item thanks to Jon Voslo
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