Aiken 'Measures' Up At No. 1
Second season "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken owns the top position on The Billboard 200 this week with his debut album, "Measure of a Man." In its first week, the RCA set sold 613,000 copies inSecond season "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken owns the top position on The Billboard 200 this week with his debut album, "Measure of a Man." In its first week, the RCA set sold 613,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Among its tracks, "Measure" features a former No. 1 single in "This Is the Night," which spent two weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 in June.
Aiken follows fellow "Idol" alumnus Kelly Clarkson, the first season winner, in reaching the top of The Billboard 200. But he's off to a better start, as her RCA debut album, "Thankful," bowed at No. 1 with a first-week sales total of 297,000.
Aiken's "This Is the Night," which was sold to retail backed with his cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," has already sold 912,000 copies. Aiken can also be found on "American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics," which debuts this week at No. 72 on the album chart.
"Measure of a Man" has a lengthy lead over last week's chart topper, Ludacris' "Chicken & Beer." The Disturbing Tha Piece/Def Jam album suffered a 55% sales dip to 194,000 copies and falls to No. 2. The album has a two-week sales total of 623,000 copies.
R&B quartet Jagged Edge lands at No. 3 with its fifth release, "Hard." The Sony album sold 178,000 copies, short of the first-week total tallied by 2001's "Jagged Little Thrill." The latter entered at No. 3 with 215,000 copies, and has sold 1.5 million to date.
OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) falls 2-4. Sales were down 10% to 168,000 copies, bringing its four-week total to just above the 1 million mark.
Barbra Streisand's 60th release, Columbia's "The Movie Album," enters The Billboard 200 at No. 5 on sales of 162,000 copies. It's her first non-holiday studio set since 1999's "A Love Like Ours," which opened at No. 6 with 146,000 copies and has sold 1.1 million to date.
Dido's "Life for Rent" falls 4-6 in its third week on the chart. Sales of the Arista album were down about 8% to 101,000 copies. RCA's "Elvis Presley compilation "Elvis 2nd to None" drifts 3-7 in its second week on the chart, the victim of a 55% sales dip to 82,000 copies.
Sting's "Sacred Love" (A&M) drops two slots to No. 8 in its third week on the tally, taking an 18% sales hit to 78,000 copies. Teen sensation Hilary Duff holds at No. 9 with her Buena Vista debut "Metamorphosis," sales of which dropped 8% to 74,000 copies. Dave Matthews' "Some Devil" (RCA) falls 5-10 on a 28% sales decline to 73,500 copies.
"Long Time Coming," the first A&M album from Jonny Lang since 1998's "Wander this World," enters at No. 17 with sales 55,000 copies. "Wander" arrived at No. 28, and has sold 839,000 copies to date.
Other notable entries this week include Mariah Carey's "The Remixes" (Columbia) at No. 26, Simon & Garfunkel's "The Essential" (Columbia/Legacy) at No. 27, Frank Sinatra's "Live & Swingin'" (Reprise) at No. 38, Mushroomhead's "XIII" (Universal) at No. 40 and Travis' "12 Memories" (Epic) at No. 41.
Further down, L.A.-based punk act the Distillers arrives at No. 96 with "Coral Fang," the act's first for Sire and the band's first appearance on The Billboard 200.
The full chart will be posted tomorrow on Billboard.com