Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for the No. 1 slot with a chart-topping debut on The Billboard 200. One of five debuts in the chart's top 10, "Ancora" notches a career-best chart position for
Il Divo's "Ancora" ends weeks of dueling for the No. 1 slot with a chart-topping debut on The Billboard 200. One of five debuts in the chart's top 10, "Ancora" notches a career-best chart position for the "popopera" quartet based on its best U.S. sales week of 156,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The Syco/Columbia release also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover chart, the group's third trip to the summit.
Il Divo, a group assembled by music mogul and "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, appeared on the big chart twice in 2005, peaking at No. 4 with its self-titled debut and at No. 14 with "The Christmas Collection."
Country artist Josh Turner's sophomore set, "Your Man," debuts at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 on the strength of 102,000 units. The MCA Nashville release also gives Turner his first No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The set features the single "Your Man," a top 10 track on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
Jamie Foxx slides 1-3 with "Unpredictable" (J), despite a 2% increase to 100,000 copies. However, the set maintains its lead on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a fourth week.
Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" (Matriarch/Geffen), which has been flip-flopping at No. 1 with "Unpredictable" for a few weeks, sold 98,000 (+3%), but also drops 2-4 behind the new debuts.
Yellowcard's "Lights and Sounds" (Capitol) and the hits compilation "NOW #1's" (Universal/EMI/Sony BMG/Zombs/UME) bow at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, selling a difference of about 700 copies at a rounded figure of 90,000.
"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (Arista) falls 4-7 on a 1% rise in sales to 74,000 copies. Eminem's Shady/Aftermath/Interscope retrospective "Curtain Call: The Hits" tumbles 3-8 on a 1% decrease to 73,000.
Hard rock outfit P.O.D.'s Atlantic set "Testify" debuts at No. 9 with sales of 58,000 copies, a significant decrease from the opening-week numbers of 2003's "Payable on Death," which shifted 106,000. The soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical" rounds out the top tier, rocketing up 58-10 in its third week on the strength of a 232% increase to 53,000.
The "2006 Grammy Nominees" compilation (Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group) bows at No. 14 with 43,000 copies. Other debuts include the Kenny Rogers compilation "21 Number Ones" (Capitol/EMI, No. 24), Cat Power's "The Greatest" (Matador, No. 34) and Marty Casey & Lovehammers' self-titled set (Epic, No. 67). Cat Power has never previously been above No. 105 on The Billboard 200, a perch achieved with her 2003 album "You Are Free."
Sales were up by 5% over the previous week at 9.5 million but down 5% compared to the same week last year. Sales for 2006 sales are on par with the same period in 2005 at 40.2 million units.