For the second time in 2005, a Kenny Chesney album is on top of The Billboard 200. His BNA Records set ,"The Road and the Radio," debuts at No. 1 with first week sales of 470,000 copies in the United
For the second time in 2005, a Kenny Chesney album is on top of The Billboard 200. His BNA Records set "The Road and the Radio" debuts at No. 1 with first week sales of 470,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's Chesney's fourth No. 1 on the chart, joining the ranks of "Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair," which led the list at the beginning of the year, 2002's "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem" and 2004's "When the Sun Goes Down." "The Road and the Radio" also opens at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
Bowing at No. 2 is the 50 Cent-heavy original soundtrack "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (G-Unit/Interscope), the film loosely based on the rapper's life. Boasting collaborations with artists like Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Olivia, Mase and Mobb Deep, the soundtrack sold nearly 317,000 copies. 50's album of the same name topped The Billboard 200 in 2003; the two releases share no tracks.
After one week on top, the 20th installment in the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series falls 1-3 on a 41% dip in sales to 221,000. The popular hits collection is a cooperative effort of Sony BMG, Zomba, EMI and Universal Music Enterprises.
Neil Diamond's "12 Songs" debuts at No. 4 with sales of 93,000 copies. The Rick Rubin-produced Columbia set nets Diamond his highest chart position since the 1980 soundtrack for "The Jazz Singer," which reached No. 3.
Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" (Roadrunner) slides 3-5 on a 9% decrease to 92,000 copies. Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope) slips 4-6 in its 23rd week on the chart, selling 84,000 (-2%).
Floetry bows big at No. 7 with "Flo'Ology," thanks to first-week sales of 77,000 copies. This is the Geffen duo's first studio effort since 2002's "Floetic," which peaked at No. 19 on The Billboard 200.
Santana's "All That I Am" (Arista) dips 2-8 on a 49% decrease to 73,000 copies, while Destiny's Child's "#1s" drops 5-9 on a 34% decrease to 56,000. With a 5% spike in sales to 56,000, Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" caps the top tier with a 12-10 move in its 50th week on the chart.
D4L's debut album, "Down for Life" (Atlantic), arrives at No. 22 with sales just above 36,000. Following at No. 23 is Sheek Louch's "After Taxes" (Koch), which moved a few hundred copies less.
Other big debuts include Wisin & Yandel's "Pa'l Mundo" (Machete, No. 30), Young Buck's "T.I.P." (John Galt, No. 40), Beastie Boys' "Solid Gold Hits" (Capitol, No. 42), Limp Bizkit's "Greatest Hitz" (Flip/Geffen, No. 47) and Kate Bush's "Aerial" (Columbia, No. 48).
At 11.9 million units, overall U.S. album sales were up 10% over the previous week but are about 14% lower than the same week last year. Sales for 2005 lag behind 2004 by about 10% at 480 million units. [Ed Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the overall unit number.]