"Thankful," the debut album from "American Idol" first season winner Kelly Clarkson, outsold new releases from 50 Cent, Fleetwood Mac, and Darryl Worley to bow on top of The Billboard 200. The RCA set sold 297,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. While it's Clarkson's first album, the singer is no stranger to the summit of Billboard's charts, as her single "A Moment Like This" topped the Hot 100 last year, and has sold 617,000 copies to date.
For a second week in a row, the Dixie Chicks continue their residency atop The Billboard 200. Despite a 53% decline in sales to 367,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the country trio's "Home" (Monument/Columbia) once again holds Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope) down at No. 2. Even though the rapper's album saw a 2% sales increase, 179,000 units was not enough to mount a serious challenge for the top slot.
Country stars Trace Adkins and Darryl Worley are slowly confirming dates for their planned fall/winter tour, dubbed the Big Men of Country. Thus far, eight U.S. dates have been set, but a spokesperson says the two intend to be on the road for a minimum of 40 performances.