Jay-Z Back Atop The Billboard 200
After falling to No. 4 last week, Jay-Z's "The Black Album" is back on top of The Billboard 200. In its third week, sales of the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set declined just 10% to 260,000 copies, bringing tAfter falling to No. 4 last week, Jay-Z's "The Black Album" is back on top of The Billboard 200. In its third week, sales of the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set declined just 10% to 260,000 copies, bringing the to-date sales total of "The Black Album" above the 1 million mark. In a week that saw new releases from Missy Elliott, Nelly, Enrique Iglesias and Nelly Furtado, only No Doubt came close to challenging the rap superstar for No. 1.
The California group's Interscope compilation "The Singles 1992-2003" sold 253,000 copies to bow at No. 2. Sales were just short of the 255,000 opening week copies posted by No Doubt's 2001 studio album, "Rock Steady," which debuted at No. 9 and has sold 2.7 million to date. The band's current cover of Talk Talk's "It's My Life" is up 9-7 on the Top 40 Mainstream Chart published by Billboard sister publication Airplay Monitor.
Last week's chart topper, Britney Spears' "In the Zone," falls 1-3. Second week sales dipped 59% to 251,000 copies, giving the album a total of 860,000. While that's impressive, it's short of the 1.1 million copies 2001's "Britney" sold in its first two weeks on the shelf.
Hilary Duff rockets back into the top-10 on a 132% sales burst to 224,000 copies of her Buena Vista debut "Metamorphosis." The set, which has sold 1.3 million copies to date, soars 18-4 in its 14th week on the tally. Duff's profile was high last week, with an appearance at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as a sneak preview of her new movie, "Cheaper by the Dozen," in select U.S. cities.
The 14th volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony) series is up 8-5 in its fourth week on the tally. Sales rose 26% to 220,000, giving the album a to-date sales total of 946,000 copies.
Sales of Toby Keith's "Shock'n Y'all" (DreamWorks) were up 25% to 205,000 copies, fueling a 9-6 increase for the set. Since it's release, the album has sold 1.18 million units. Josh Groban's "Closer" (Warner Bros.) saw a 3% rise to 202,000 copies, yet the album falls one chart position to No. 7. In three weeks of release, the set has sold 773,000 copies.
"Beg for Mercy" from the 50 Cent-led G-Unit, falls 2-8 in its third week, the result of a 41% sales dip 193,000 copies. Thus far, the album has sold 897,000 copies.
Korn's "Take a Look in the Mirror" (Epic) soars into the top-10 at No. 9 in its first full week on the chart. The album bowed last week at No. 19 after it was released off-cycle, but Epic parent Sony said it was unable to get its early shipments out to all retailers. Sales were up 86% to 179,000 copies, which gives the album a total of 271,000 in about a week-and-a-half.
OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) once again rounds out the top-10. A 16% sales increase to 169,000 copies brought the album's 10-week total to about 1.97 million units.
Nelly's "Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention)" sold 144,000 copies to land at No. 12. The Universal release features two new songs and reworkings of past hits. Right behind him is the latest from Missy Elliott, whose "This Is Not a Test" (Gold Mind/Elektra) enters at No. 13 with 143,600 copies sold.
Rock act Puddle Of Mudd enters at No. 20 with its second Flawless/Interscope album "Life on Display." First week sales of 103,000 copies were short of the 117,000 copies 2001's "Come Clean" sold in its first week to score a No. 9 entry.
Latin star Enrique Iglesias suffered an even bigger decline with his latest, "Seven" (Interscope). The set arrives at No. 31 on sales of 77,000 copies, a significant drop from the 267,000 copies his "Escape" sold in its first week in 2001. "Escape" peaked at No. 2, and has sold 3.3 million to date.
Other notable entries this week include the Counting Crows compilation "Films About Ghosts" (Geffen, No. 32), the CD/DVD EP "Part II" from Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (TVT, No. 37) and the sophomore studio album from Furtado, "Folklore" (DreamWorks, No. 38).