Norah Jones Remains On Top
Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," benefits from a 5.5% sales gain and maintains its grip on the top of The Billboard 200 for a second-straight week. The Blue Note/Capitol set moved 114,00Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," benefits from a 5.5% sales gain and maintains its grip on the top of The Billboard 200 for a second-straight week. The Blue Note/Capitol set moved 114,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to stay ahead of Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (Arista), which is up 3-2 on the chart thanks to a 26% sales burst to 105,000 units.
Lavigne can thank "Saturday Night Live" for much of the boost, as she appeared as the NBC show's Jan. 11 musical guest. Additionally, her latest single "I'm With You" continues to edge up Billboard's Hot 100, and looks ready to make it into the top-5. Lastly, like Jones, the singer has benefited from increased media coverage of her five Grammy nominations, as well as news of her first North American tour.
The Dixie Chicks rebound one slot on The Billboard 200 to No. 3 on a 9% sales gain to 87,000 units. The Monument/Columbia album is once again No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums roundup, a post it has held for eight straight weeks.
The only newcomer in the top-10 of The Billboard 200 is the Epic soundtrack to "Chicago," which lands at No. 4 with 83,000 units. In addition to the film's stars Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Queen Latifah, the soundtrack features Macy Gray, Lil' Kim, and Anastacia. Jennifer Lopez's "This Is Me ... Then" (Epic) is down 2-5 on the album chart, the victim of an 11% sales hit to 79,000 units.
Four wins at the American Music Awards last week didn't have much impact on Eminem's sales. The Shady/Interscope soundtrack to his film "8 Mile" slips one slot to No. 6 following an 8% sales dip to 69,000 copies. Meanwhile, "The Eminem Show" rests at No. 16 on sales of 47,000 units.
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Under Construction" (Elektra) jumps 8-7, despite a 2% sales drop to 57,000 units, while Aaliyah's "I Care 4 U" (Blackground/Universal) is close behind at No. 8 and sales of 56,600, also down 2% from last week.
Christina Aguilera's RCA set "Stripped" moves 10-9, even after experiencing a 3% sales drop to 55,000 units. Ja Rule's "The Last Temptation" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) moves up one rung to round out the top-10. The rapper's album, which previously peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, sold 53,000 copies, a 6% gain from last week.
Notable newcomers on The Billboard 200 include Canadian country singer Terri Clark, whose latest Mercury Nashville set "Pain to Kill" sold 33,000 copies and arrives at No. 27; and Benzino, whose "Redemption" (Elektra) enters at No. 65 on sales of 14,000 copies.
Following the death of member Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees' re-enter The Billboard 200 with "Their Greatest Hits -- The Record" (UTV). The set jumps in at No. 55 on sales of 17,000 copies.
A number of acts see major gains on the album chart after a cross-promotion between MTV's "Total Request Live" and MTV2. Good Charlotte's "The Young and the Hopeless" (Daylight/Epic) jumps 25-12 on a 46% blast to sales of 50,000 copies, and Simple Plan's "No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls" (Lava) is up 59-44 on a 41% gain to 21,000 copies. The Used's self-titled Reprise set soars 96-63 on a 38% sales hike to 15,000 copies, and the Donnas' "Spend the Night" (Atlantic) rockets 117-67 on a 61% sales burst to 14,000 copies.