Duff Debut Tops Album Chart
Teen singer Hilary Duff, whose career has been built around Disney's "Lizzie McGuire" franchise, overtakes Mary J. Blige to grab the top spot on The Billboard 200. In its second week of release, Duff'Teen singer Hilary Duff, whose career has been built around Disney's "Lizzie McGuire" franchise, overtakes Mary J. Blige to grab the top spot on The Billboard 200. In its second week of release, Duff's Buena Vista debut, "Metamorphosis," sold about 131,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and jumps 2-1 on the chart.
Sales of Duff's set were down 35%. In two weeks, "Metamorphosis" has sold 334,000 copies. As previously reported, dates are currently being booked for Duff's first concert tour, a four-week jaunt expected to visit 1,500-3,000 seat venues.
Blige's "Love & Life" (Geffen), which last week debuted at No. 1, falls to No. 2 on a 62% sales dip to 108,000 copies. "Love & Life" has sold almost 400,000 units, well off from the pace of her 2001 album "No More Drama." That set sold nearly 300,000 copies in its first week of release.
Blige has a narrow lead over Alan Jackson's "Greatest Hits Vol. II" (Arista Nashville), which rebounds 4-3 in its fourth week on the tally. Sales were down about 6% to 106,000 copies, bringing its to-date total to just above 700,000 copies.
Beyoncé's "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) gains 6-4 on an 11% sales increase to 87,000 units. Two top-10 singles, "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z and "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul, are driving the album. Beyoncé is slated to appear on Monday's (Sept. 15) season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Rock sensation Evanescence returns to the top-5 as the group's Wind-Up debut is up 7-5 on a 5% sales boost to 82,000 copes. The album has sold nearly 2.3 million copies since it appeared on the chart 27 weeks ago.
Former No. 1 album "Neptunes Presents ... Clones" (Star Trak/Arista) falls 3-6 on a 30% sales drop to 81,000 copies. The compilation, which features Dirt McGirt, Clipse, Foxy Brown and Busta Rhymes, among others, has sold 447,000 copies in three weeks of release.
Sales of Chingy's "Jackpot" (Capitol) were up for a second week in a row. The album jumps 9-7 on a 7% boost to 68,000 copies, giving the rapper an eight-week sales total of about 646,000.
Coldplay continues to benefit from its recent wins at the MTV Video Music Awards. Sales of "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Capitol) rose 5% to 65,000 copies, and the set rises 10-8 on the chart. The album has sold about 2.26 million units since its September 2002 release.
The Bad Boy/Universal soundtrack to "Bad Boys II" falls 8-9 on a 17% sales hit 62,000 copies. 50 Cent's "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" returns to the top-10 with a one slot gain on the chart. The Shady/Interscope album moved 61,000 units, on par with its previous week's sales.
The top debut on the chart this week comes from San Francisco rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The group's sophomore Virgin album, "Take Them On, On Your Own," enters at No. 47 on sales of 21,000 copies, giving the act its first appearance on any of Billboard's charts. Earlier this week, the album opened at No. 8 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart.