Norah Jones Remains Cozy At No. 1
Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Capitol) continues riding high after receiving five Grammy nominations earlier this month, and tops The Billboard 200 for a third-straight week. The album'sNorah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Capitol) continues riding high after receiving five Grammy nominations earlier this month, and tops The Billboard 200 for a third-straight week. The album's U.S. sales declined a minuscule 2% to 112,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, staying in front of the Epic soundtrack to "Chicago," which surges 4-2 on an 11% boost to sales of 92,000 copies.
"Chicago" barely sneaks by Avril Lavigne's "Let Go," which slips one to No. 3 on sales of 91,000 copies. Sales of the set were down only 14% as her latest hit, "I'm With You," continues to keep interest in the Canadian teen singer piqued.
The Dixie Chicks' "Home" (Monument/Columbia) is knocked down one rung to No. 4 after moving 87,000 copies, on par with the previous week's sales. Over on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, "Home" still rules the roost, sitting at No. 1 for the ninth week in a row.
Neither Jennifer Lopez's "This Is Me ... Then" nor the soundtrack to the Eminem film "8 Mile" experiences a change in position on The Billboard 200. Lopez's Epic set sold 80,000 copies, a 2% gain over last week, to remain at No. 5, while the Shady/Interscope "8 Mile" set moved 60,000 copies, a 13% dip, and hangs onto its No. 6 post.
Kid Rock's "Cocky" experienced a mighty 22% gain to 59,000 units, fueling a 15-7 surge, equaling its December 2001 debut and peak position. Less than one month ago, the Lava/Atlantic album was not even in the top-50, but "Cocky" has experienced a resurgence due to the recent success of "Picture." Two versions of the duet, one featuring Sheryl Crow and the other Allison Moorer, are on a single that has been No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for two weeks in a row.
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Under Construction" (Elektra) suffered a 4% dip to sales of 55,000 copies, bringing the album down one to No. 8, while Aaliyah's "I Care 4 U" (Blackground/Universal) slips 8-9 after taking a 9% hit to sales of 52,000 copies. Nonetheless, the latter's performance in urban markets remains strong, and the set is No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally for a sixth straight week.
Ja Rule's "The Last Temptation" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) once again rounds out the top-10 on sales of 51,000 copies, a 4% drop from the previous week.
Rapper 50 Cent is quickly making his way up The Billboard 200, this week rocketing 77-43 with "Guess Who's Back" (Full Clip). The album saw a 57% sales burst to 20,000 copies as both his "In Da Club" and "Wanksta" chill in the top-10 of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. also continues to make strong gains. The pair's Interscope debut "200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane" speeds 110-53 on a 75% sales explosion to 17,000 copies. The only debut within the top-50 of The Billboard 200 is Solange's "Solo Star." The first Columbia set from the sister of Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles lands at No. 49 on sales of 19,000 copies.