Nas nabs not only his fourth No. 1 album, but first since 1999, as "Hip Hop Is Dead" starts atop The Billboard 200. The set registers his best sales week since 2002 ... Justin Timberlake can thank "Saturday Night Live" for helping double the sales of "FutureSex/LoveSounds" this week ... Corinne Bailey Rae made a series of TV show appearances, thus causing a significant bump for her self-titled set ... Bow Wow, RBD, Trick Daddy and Styles P all debut on The Billboard 200 ... With Christmas 2006 in the history books, holiday albums start to tumble ... And in other news: Daughtry, Nelly Furtado, Olivia Newton-John, Nickelback and Beyonce.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest Warner Bros. release, "By the Way," leads three top-10 debuts onto The Billboard 200, shooting to No. 2 after selling 280,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the stellar debut for the group still falls short of Nelly's "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal), which remains at No. 1 for a third-straight week after posting sales of 340,000 copies.