Pop sensation Hilary Duff tops The Billboard 200 this week with a greatest hits collection, despite having only released two studio albums. "Most Wanted" (Hollywood) sold 208,000 copies in the U.S., a
Pop sensation Hilary Duff tops The Billboard 200 this week with a greatest hits collection, despite having only released two studio albums. "Most Wanted" (Hollywood) sold 208,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, sending Staind's "Chapter V" (Elektra/Atlantic) to No. 7 with a 59% fall to 76,000 after its chart-topping debut last week.
"Wanted" includes remastered and remixed versions of Duff hits like "So Yesterday" and "Metamorphosis," along with four new tracks, some of which the singer co-wrote with boyfriend Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. New single "Wake Up" is the No. 1 most-played track on Radio Disney.
This is the second Billboard 200 No. 1 for Duff, who also topped the chart with 2003's "Metamorphosis." The album started with 204,000 units and has sold 3.7 million so far.
At No. 2, Brad Paisley's "Time Well Wasted" (Arista Nashville) earns the country artist his highest spot on the big chart and his best sales week ever with 193,000. Though this is his second No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, his previous Billboard 200 high was with "Mud on the Tires" in 2003, which opened at No. 8 with 86,000 copies and has sold 2 million to date.
Mariah Carey continues to flourish in her 19th week on The Billboard 200 with "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam), as the set climbs 4-3 with a 5% gain to 109,000 copies. The 19th installment of the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series (EMI Group/Universal/Sony BMG/Zomba/Capitol) falls 2-4 with a 33% drop to 108,000.
Nebraska-reared quintet 311 arrives at No. 5 with "Don't Tread on Me" (Volcano), which starts with 91,000. The group's highest-charting set to date remains 1997's "Transistor" (Capricorn) with a No. 4 peak, while its self-titled project in 1995 holds best-selling honors with a 2.8 million to-date total.
The Black Eyed Peas take up the sixth slot, falling one place with "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope) despite a 10% boost to 82,000 units.
Rounding out the top 10, Faith Hill's "Fireflies" (Warner Bros. Nashville) falls 3-8 with a 41% slide to 73,000; Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) holds at No. 9 for a third week with a 10% jump to 62,000; and Young Jeezy's "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" (Def Jam) drops 6-10 with a 15% slump to 61,000 copies.
Last week's release of a limited edition of the Killers' "Hot Fuss" (Island), which includes three bonus track not previously available in the U.S., propels the album 29-11 with an 88% boost to 60,000 units.
Lava newcomers the Click Five bow at No. 15 with "Greetings From Imrie House." The Berklee College alums' debut sold 52,000 units with the help of first single, "Just the Girl," which is climbing both the Billboard Pop 100 and Hot 100.
Other notable debuts include Taproot's "Blue-Sky Research" (Atlantic, No. 33), Silverstein's "Discovering the Waterfront" (Victory, No. 34) and Duff labelmates Aly & AJ's "Into the Rush" (No. 36).
Overall U.S. album sales were up 0.7% over the previous week at 10.3 million units, down 10.5% from the same week last year. 2005 sales continue behind those of last year, down 8.2% this week at 355 million units.