Green Day leads a slowly recovering Billboard 200 this week as "American Idiot" extends its return stay at No. 1 to a second consecutive and third overall week.

Green Day leads a slowly recovering Billboard 200 this week as "American Idiot" extends its return stay at No. 1 to a second consecutive and third overall week. With a .3% raise to 100,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Reprise set is one of only two top 10 albums that saw a sales gain, though the average decline for top titles was up from 30-50% to 5-25% this week.

The only other sales gainer in the upper echelon was Shania Twain's Mercury Nashville greatest hits compilation, which bolts 7-3 on an 8% increase to 74,000. In between the two is Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), which remains at No. 2 for a second week despite a 16% slide to 84,000 units.

A slight 2% fall to 73,000 copies is enough to secure John Legend's place at No. 4 for a second week with "Get Lifted" (Sony Urban Music/Columbia), while a 13% decrease to 70,000 sends Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz's "Crunk Juice" (TVT) down two positions to No. 5.

Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) is bolstered 6-10 despite a 10% slump to 60,000 and Usher also gets a boost despite a 17% slope for "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba), which gains 9-7 on 56,000 copies. "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z and Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Machine Shop/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) is steady at No. 8 for a second week with 56,000, off 18% from the previous week.

Ludacris' former No. 1, "Red Light District" (Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South), falls 5-9 on sales of 55,000, while the 17th installment of "NOW That's What I Call Music!" (Sony BMG/Universal/EMI/Zomba/Capitol) moves up one despite a 15% decline to 53,000 units to close out the top 10.

The soundtrack to the weekend's top-grossing movie is the Billboard 200's top debut this week, as Capitol's "Coach Carter" set enters at No. 31 with 29,000 copies. The set features Hot 100 favorites like Chingy, Twista, the Game, Ciara and Kanye West. Wind-Up's "Elektra: The Album," featuring Jet, Taking Back Sunday and Alter Bridge, bows at No. 62 on the strength of 14,000 units.

Also debuting are Donny Osmond's "What I Meant To Say" (Decca, No. 137), Madeleine Peyroux's "Careless Love" (Rounder, No. 168), the compilation "15 Duranguenses De Corazon" (Disa, No. 176), the "Napoleon Dynamite" soundtrack (Lakeshore, No. 181), the compilation "Parranda Tequilera 2005" (Univision Music Group, No. 184) and "Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics" (Buena Vista, No. 191).

With an 83% spike to 22,000, Celine Dion's "Miracle" (Epic) far surpasses the sales gain of any other act on The Billboard 200 and rebounds 90-36. A rerun of the Canadian songstress' appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" fueled the charge for the photo/lullaby collaboration with Anne Geddes, which originally bowed at No. 4 in October 2004.

Overall U.S. album sales were down 9.5% from the previous week at 9.6 million units and 8.6% lower than the same week last year. In the second full week of sales for 2005, year-to-date sales of 20.3 million units are down 20% from 2004.

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