No. 1 for fourth week
YORK (Billboard) -- R&B singer Usher's "Confessions"
has extended its winning streak on the Billboard 200 albums
chart to four weeks amid a paucity of major new releases.
LaFace/Zomba set sold 302,000 copies across the United States
in the week ended April 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan
data issued Wednesday. That total represents a 34 percent
drop from the previous week, but leaves Usher at No. 1 by
a large margin. "Confessions" has sold 2.4 million
copies to date.
U.S. album sales were down about 22 percent from the previous
week to 10.4 million units, about 22 percent lower than the
comparable week last year. Sales for the year are about 8
percent of 2003.
15th volume of the various-artists compilation "NOW That's
What I Call Music!" (EMI/Universal/Sony/Zomba/Capitol)
was the only other album to top 100,000 in sales for the week.
Even so, sales of the set slid 56 percent to 122,000 copies,
but it held steady at No. 2 on the chart as its total rose
to 970,000 copies.
week's biggest gainer was Hoobastank's "The Reason"
(Island), which catapulted 15 spots to a new high No. 3 on
a 6 percent gain to 74,000 copies sold. The set has sold 670,000
copies in 19 weeks on the chart. The title track hit No. 1
on Billboard's airplay-based modern rock chart, while the
video is in heavy rotation on MTV, MTV2, Fuse and VH1, according
Reason" was 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 was the Wind-Up soundtrack "The Punisher: The
Album," which leapt 54-22 in its fourth week on the chart,
with sales up 22 percent to 34,000.
Billboard 200's top debut was Sugarcult's "Palm Trees
and Power Lines" (Fearless/Artemis), coming in at No.
46 on 22,000 copies sold. It represents the band's best showing
on the chart; its 2001 debut, "Start Static" (Ultimatum/Artemis),
peaked at No. 194.
notable entries included the Maverick soundtrack to box office
champ "Kill Bill Vol. 2," which landed at No. 58
on sales of 17,000 copies; New Zealand opera prodigy 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, Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo"
(Virgin) slipped one place to No. 4; Guns N' Roses' "Greatest
Hits" (Geffen) jumped four spots to No. 5; Norah Jones'
"Feels Like Home" (Blue Note) slipped one to No.
6;Jessica Simpson's "In This Skin" (Columbia) fell
three to No. 7; Evanescence's "Fallen" (Wind-Up)
fell two to No. 8; Lil' Flip's "U Gotta Feel Me"
(Sucka Free/Columbia) dipped one to No. 9; and Kanye West's
"The College Dropout" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), rose
four places to No. 10.
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