Mariah Carey has reclaimed The Billboard 200 throne. Her album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam), jumps 3-1 despite a 4% dip to 172,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is

Mariah Carey has reclaimed The Billboard 200 throne. Her album,
"The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam), jumps 3-1 despite a 4% dip to 172,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It is the second non-consecutive week atop the chart for the album, which deputed at No. 1 in April.

Last week's chart-topper, Audioslave's "Out of Exile" (Interscope/Epic), dips 1-3 with a 62% slide to 99,000 units.

Inching back toward the summit is System of a Down's "Mezmerize" (American/Columbia) with a 4-2 boost despite a hefty 30% fall to 118,000. The band scored its second Billboard 200 No. 1 with the album's late May bow.

Carey and SOAD lead an upward trend for most existing top 10 acts who, in a pause from the slew of new entries over the past few weeks, are climbing in spite of declining sales. Toby Keith's “Honkytonk University” (DreamWorks Nashville) rises 5-4 with a 34% drop to 85,000.

Gwen Stefani reaches a new Billboard 200 peak this week with her Interscope solo debut, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby." The album bests its previous high at No. 6 in May with a 10-5 jump on a 9% increase to 83,000 copies.

Rounding out the top tier, Common's "Be" (G.O.O.D./Geffen) falls 2-6 with a 58% dip to 77,000; Dave Matthews Band's "Stand Up" (RCA) stays at No. 7 for a second week with a 25% droop to 76,000; 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) climbs 11-8 with a 1% fall to 75,000; Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) jumps 14-9 with a 12% boost to 69,100; and Il Divo's self-titled Sony effort drops 9-10 on a 13% dip to 69,000.

With its highest debut and best sales week in almost a decade, Oasis' "Don't Believe the Truth" (Epic) enters at No. 12 with 65,000 copies. The British band's previous effort, 2002's "Heathen Chemistry," started at No. 23 with 38,000. The group's best debut to date remains 1997's "Be Here Now," which started at No. 2 with 152,000 and has sold 991,000 so far. The former has a to-date total of 143,000 copies.

At No. 50 with 20,000 units, Kottonmouth Kings round out the top 50 debuts with their self-titled Suburban Noize effort. The group's "Fire it Up" started at No. 42 with 23,000 copies last year and has sold 85,000 to date.

Also debuting in the top half are Better Than Ezra's "Before the Robots" (Artemis, No. 84) and Layzie Bone's "It’s Not A Game" (Cleopatra, No. 96).

At 10.3 million units, overall U.S. album sales are down 3.4% from last week and 10.5% from the same week last year. Sales for 2005 are behind those of last year by about 8% at 239 million units.

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