With sales inflated from the flow of last-minute Christmas shoppers, Shania Twain's "Up!" (Mercury Nashville) saw gains of 22% and tops The Billboard 200 for a fifth straight week. The set moved 459,0
With sales inflated from the flow of last-minute Christmas shoppers, Shania Twain's "Up!" (Mercury Nashville) saw gains of 22% to top The Billboard 200 for a fifth straight week. The set moved 459,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the Eminem-led soundtrack to "8 Mile" (Shady/Interscope) made it a tight race, with a sales gain of 49% to 405,000 units fueling a 5-2 jump on the chart. Eminem's single "Lose Yourself" leads Billboard's Hot 100 for the seventh straight week.
With few new releases, all of the albums in the top-10 of The Billboard 200 showed impressive sales gains. At No. 3, the Dixie Chicks' "Home" (Monument/Columbia) was up 36% to 401,000 copies, while Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (Arista) moves 6-4 on a 34% boost to 363,000. Jennifer Lopez's "This is Me ... Then" (Epic) rises 8-5 on a mighty 57% sales hike to 345,000 copies.
Even though "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors" (Curb) falls 4-6 on The Billboard 200, it showed an 18% gain to 327,000 units, narrowly edging out the 11th volume in the multi-label "Now! That's What I Call Music" series, which holds at No. 7 on the chart on sales of 326,000 copies, a 20% increase.
Three albums return to the top-10 this week. Justin Timberlake's "Justified" (Jive) soars 11-8 on a 59% sales gain to 295,000 copies. Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Nashville) is up 13-9 on a 57% increase to 276,000 copies, and Christina Aguilera's "Stripped" (RCA) moves 16-10, with sales up 59% to 268,000.
Overall U.S. album sales were up 34.4% from last week to 33 million units, but still lag 18.8% behind the comparable week last year. Year-to-date sales are down 11.2% to 655 million units.