Strait's '50 Number 1s' Bows At No. 1
Due to a reporting error from a mass merchant, Nielsen SoundScan has reprocessed The Billboard 200, reversing the order of the top two titles from the chart reported earlier today (Oct. 13). George StDue to a reporting error from a mass merchant, Nielsen SoundScan has reprocessed The Billboard 200, the result of which reverses the order of the top two titles from the chart that were reported earlier today (Oct. 13). George Strait's "50 Number Ones" (MCA Nashville), is now No. 1 with 343,000 copies sold, while Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) is No. 2 with 336,000.
Further, a processing error moves R.E.M.'s "Around the Sun" up one position from where it stood in stories posted this morning on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz. The Warner Bros. album enters the chart at No. 13 with 61,000 sold.
"50 Number Ones" is also Strait's 18th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, furthering his record for the most Billboard No. 1 country albums. The veteran artist has held the record since 2001, when he nabbed his 16th No. 1 with "The Road Less Traveled."
Strait's last major hits compilation, 2000's "Latest Greatest Straitest Hits," opened at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 with 182,000 and has sold 1.5 million to date.
Featuring a bonus DVD, new tracks and artwork, the reissue of "Confessions" propels Usher from No. 24 to No. 2 on a 709% sales increase to 336,000 U.S. copies, with according to Nielsen SoundScan. In April the set debuted in the top slot with sales of more than 1 million units and spent nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. Together both versions of the album have a to-date sales total of 6 million copies.
Good Charlotte's third album, "The Chronicles of Life and Death," (Epic/Daylight) enters The Billboard 200 at No. 3 on the strength of 198,500 copies. The set -- which is No. 1 on the Top Internet Albums chart -- is available in stores as a "life" and "death" version, each with its own bonus track. The pop/punk act's 2002 sophomore set, "The Young and the Hopeless," entered at No. 7 on first-week sales of 117,000; it has sold 3.1 million to date.
Korn grabs the fourth slot with "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" (Epic/Immortal), which moved 130,000 units in its first week. The act's last studio set in 2003, "Take a Look in the Mirror," entered at No. 19 with 96,000 copies and has sold 1 million to date.
At No. 5 for the second week with "Suit," Nelly has the only title remaining in the top tier that saw a sales increase. A 3% jump to 122,000 copies has the Derrty/Fo' Reel/Universal set faring better than its release partner, "Sweat," which falls out 8-12 on a 20% slip to 64,000 copies.
Hilary Duff's self-titled Buena Vista/Hollywood album falls 2-6 on a 49% drop to 97,000 copies, while Green Day's "American Idiot" slides 4-7 on a 30% drop to 86,000 units.
Last week's chart topping "Feels Like Today" (Hollywood) by Rascal Flatts falls 1-8 on a 59% decline to 82,000. Fellow country act Tim McGraw moves up with his former Curb No. 1, "Live Like You Were Dying" (10-9), despite a 13% decrease to 67,000.
Ciara rounds things out at No. 10 with "Goodies" (Sho'nuff/Music Line/LaFace), which falls from No. 3 on a 47% drop to 66,000 units.
Cake's "Pressure Chief" (Columbia) bows at No. 17 with 46,000 copies while Warner Music Group/BMG's "Totally Hits 2004, Vol. 2" debuts at No. 19 with 43,000 units.
Tom Waits grabs his highest career peak on The Billboard 200 with "Real Gone" (Anti-/Epitaph), which enters at No. 28 on sales of 34,000 copies and also tops the Top Independent Albums chart. His simultaneously released "Blood Money" and "Alice" in 2002 opened at No. 32 and No. 33, respectively, with a combined total of 64,000. The sets are split almost evenly with a combined to-date total of 307,000 copies.
Also debuting in the top 50 of The Billboard 200 is I-20's Capitol set "Self Explanatory" (No.42, 26,000) and Provident/Word-Curb/EMI Christian/Sparrow's "Wow Hits 2005: 31 of the Year's Top Christian Artists and Hits" (No. 44, 24,500).
Overall U.S. album sales were up 1.9% from the previous week to 10.99 million units, about 5.1% lower than the same week last year. Sales for the year to date are beating those of 2003 by about 5.3% at 474 million units.
The Billboard 200 and all of the charts that will appear in the issue of Billboard dated Oct. 23 will be posted tomorrow (Oct. 14) on Billboard.com.