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Alicia's 'Diary' Nabs Xmas Week No. 1
Rising from last week's position of No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 unitRising from last week's position of No. 2, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in a big shopping week. U.S. sales of the set are up 8% from last week to 370,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In three weeks, the album has already moved 1.33 million copies.
Toby Keith's "Shock'n Y'all" (DreamWorks) rises 4-2 on a 51% gain to 369,000 copies, missing the No. 1 spot by less than 400 units. The album has moved more than 1.96 million copies to date.
The 14th volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony) holds at No. 3, up 35% to 354,000 units. OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) moves 6-4, up 55% to 335,000, bringing its total to just shy of 2.7 million to date.
Josh Groban's "Closer" (Warner Bros.) holds at No. 5 on a 33% gain to 318,000 units, while Hilary Duff's "Metamorphosis" (Buena Vista) moves 8-6 on a 36% jump to 275,000 copies. "The Very Best of Sheryl Crow" (A&M) rises 9-7, up 53% to 266,000.
Last week's No. 1, "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard's "Soulful" (J), suffers a 41% second-week drop to 245,000 copies and falls to No. 8. Right behind is No Doubt's "The Singles 1992-2003" (Interscope), which climbs 12-9 on a 50% gain to 235,000 copies.
Rounding out the top-10, Rod Stewart's "As Time Goes By ... The Great American Songbook Vol. 2" (J) dips 7-10, on an 8% sales swing to 222,000 copies.
This week's top debut is Joe's "And Then..." (Jive) at No. 26, followed by Memphis Bleek's "M.A.D.E." (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) at No. 35. Farther down, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon opens at No. 102 with "The Lex Diamond Story" (Universal).