OutKast Pops Back To No. 1
OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with a 4-1 jump. The Arista release has been the No. 1 album in three of its six weeks on the chart. U.S. salOutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with a 4-1 jump. The Arista release has been the No. 1 album in three of its six weeks on the chart. U.S. sales were down just 3% to 142,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, bringing the set's total to nearly 1.4 million copies.
After debuting last month with first-week sales of 510,000 copies, the set of solo albums from Big Boi and Andre 3000 has been a consistent seller. "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" has not yet dropped below the No. 4 post, and its dueling singles of "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move" featuring Sleepy Brown have reached the top-15 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Rod Stewart holds at No. 2 with "As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook Part II" (J Records). Sales declined 34% to 141,100 copies, giving the album a two-week total of 353,000 copies.
Last week's chart topper, "Measure of a Man" from second-season "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, drifts to No. 3 on a 37% sales dip to 141,000 copes. The RCA set has sold 979,000 copies in just three weeks.
The Strokes score a career-best week with their sophomore release, "Room on Fire." The highly anticipated RCA album bows at No. 4 on sales of 126,000 copies. The group's 2001 debut, "Is This It," peaked at No. 33. While it has sold 910,000 copies to date, the set's best showing came during the week of Christmas 2001, when it moved 41,000 copies. Current single "12:51" is up one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally to No. 15.
Ludacris' "Chicken & Beer" holds steady at No. 5 in its fourth week on the chart. Sales of the Disturbing The Peace/Def Jam set were down 17% to 102,000 copies; it has sold 848,000 copies to date.
Soul singer Gerald Levert bows at No. 6 with his latest, "Stroke of Genius." The Elektra album sold 97,000 copies, besting the first week of last year's "The G Spot," which arrived at No. 9 with 75,000.
The two-disc retrospective "Eagles -- The Very Best Of" (Warner Strategic Marketing) falls 3-7. Sales of the two-disc hits collection were down 52% to 78,000 copies, giving the set a two-week total of 239,000 copies.
Bowing at No. 8 with 76,000 copies is the R.E.M. collection, "In Time" (Warner Bros). The 16-track anthology is available as a single disc and a limited-edition double-disc with rare tracks and a DVD. The two-disc package arrives further down the chart at No. 16 with 51,000 copies. The group's last studio set, "Reveal," bowed at No. 6 with 127,000 copies in summer 2001.
Dido's "Life for Rent" falls two slots to No. 9. Sales of the Arista album were down 12% to 68,000 copies, giving the singer a five-week total of 549,000 copies.
Rock act 3 Doors Down returns to the top-10 as "Away From the Sun" (Republic/Universal) jumps 15-10. In 51 weeks on the chart, the set has sold just under 2 million units. Constant touring and the strong performance of current single "Here Without You," which last week reached the top-5 on the Hot 100, have propelled sales of the album.
Other notable entries this week include Luther Vandross' J Records set "Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003," which enters at No. 22, and Hatebreed's "The Rise of Brutality" (Universal), which lands at No. 30.