The King Reigns Again On Billboard Charts

Elvis Presley returns to the throne as "ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits" (RCA) sold more than 500,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- his first title to

Elvis Presley returns to the throne as "ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits" (RCA) sold more than 500,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- his first title to ever debut atop the stateside chart and the largest arrival of an archival album in two years. The reign of the King is an international one, as the compilation of Elvis' hits tops the album charts in 16 other countries, including the U.K., France, Spain, Canada, Australia, and Brazil.

Presley's compilation missed the benchmark set by the Beatles' "1" (Capitol) in November 2000 with debut week sales of 595,000 units, and later 1.26 million during that year's Christmas week. But while the Fab Four topped just The Billboard 200, Presley's set also enters at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally. Of the album's 31 songs, 16 have appeared on the Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Presley is just one of four top-10 Billboard 200 debuts, followed closest by India.Arie's sophomore album, "Voyage to India" (Motown), which enters at No. 6 on sales of 109,000 units, and shoots straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Her first album, "Acoustic Soul," debuted at No. 10 in April 2001 with sales of 76,000 copies, and it has not yet left The Billboard 200. More than 1.7 million copies of the album have been sold to date and it rest at No. 138 on the chartthis week. "Little Things," the first single from the new set, moves 45-39 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Geffen/Interscope has two albums entering in the top-10 this week: Beck's "Sea Change" checks in at No. 8 and the long-awaited "Up" by Peter Gabriel opens at No. 9. For Beck, sales of 90,000 copies give him his first top-10 album debut and best sales week ever. Previously, his "Midnite Vultures" opened with 83,000 units at No. 38 in a busy holiday week in December 1999. Gabriel made his entry this week on the sales strength of 76,000 units of his first non-soundtrack album since 1992's "Us." That album sold 125,000 units to bow at No. 2 that fall.

"The Lost Tapes" by Nas (Ill Will/Columbia) -- a rarities set that serves as an appetizer for a new studio album due in November -- enters at No. 10 on sales of 70,000 copies. It's an impressive number, considering the album is mostly studio oddities, and powers the collection to No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.

As for the rest of the top-10 of The Billboard 200, "Home" by the Dixie Chicks (Monument/ Columbia) holds at No. 2 despite a 20% sales decline to 134,000 units. Just behind, Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (Arista) stays put at No. 3 after a 6% drop to 124,000 units. She now has two hits on the upper echelon of Billboard's Hot 100: "Complicated" remains at No. 4 while follow-up "Sk8er Boi" jumps 23-15. Last week's Billboard 200 No. 1, "Believe" by Disturbed (Reprise), saw a 58% sales drop to 118,000 copies and falls 1-4 on the chart. The group's "Prayer" holds fast at No. 3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally.

Landing just outside the top-10 of The Billboard 200 is the latest from Pastor Troy. His "Universal Soldier" sold 52,000 units to arrive at No. 13. In urban markets, the album performed exceptionally well, paving the way for a No. 2 entry on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His "Face Off" debuted at No. 83 on The Billboard 200 in June 2001.

Other notable newcomers on The Billboard 200 include the Fox soundtrack to R&B/hip-hop fueled "Brown Sugar" at No. 18, Travis Tritt's "Strong Enough" (Columbia) at No. 27, Ryan Adams' "Demolition" (Lost Highway) at No. 28, Jackson Browne's "The Naked Ride Home" (Elektra) at No. 36, Uncle Kracker's "No Stranger to Shame" (Lava) at No. 43, and Steve Earle's "Jerusalem" (Sheridan Square) at No. 59.

Kelly Clarkson logs her second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with "A Moment Like This" (RCA). The single moved another 146,000 units for a two-week total of 382,000, already the biggest selling single of the year. The track is featured on the "American Idol" compilation album that will debut on The Billboard 200 next week. It should make for an interesting battle for No. 1 as the collection tries to take on Elvis as well as the Rolling Stones. Released Tuesday, the latter's double-disc "Forty Licks" (ABKCO/Virgin) is expected to sell upwards of 300,000 copies in its first week.

Meanwhile, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio, and rockets 43-18 in its second week on the chart. The Hot 100's fastest growing track at retail is Nivea's "Don't Mess with My Man" featuring Brian & Brandon Casey, which is up one to No. 60.

The top debut on the Hot 100 arrives courtesy of Jennifer Lopez, whose "Jenny From the Block" featuring Jadakiss & Styles cruises to No. 67. Other notable entries on the Hot 100 are Tim McGraw's "Red Rag Top" at No. 70, Puddle Of Mudd's "She Hates Me" at No. 71, Pearl Jam's "I Am Mine" at No. 74, Mario's "Braid My Hair" at No. 75, and Las Ketchup's "The Ketchup Song (Hey Hah)" at No. 76.

System Of A Down's "Aerials" begins its second-straight week atop Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally, while Nickelback's "Never Again" logs a second week at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The previously unreleased Nirvana track "You Know You're Right," due to appear on the forthcoming "Nirvana" greatest hits set (Geffen), is the top debut at No. 22 on Modern Rock Tracks. It's the group's first appearance on that chart since "Aneurysm" debuted at No. 30 in late September 1996.