"The Boss" is in charge again as Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) takes the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 this week with 222,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen S

"The Boss" is in charge again as Bruce Springsteen's “Devils & Dust” (Columbia) takes the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 this week with 222,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rob Thomas’ “…Something To Be” (Melisma/Atlantic) slides to No. 4 with a 42% decrease to 145,000 units.

Springsteen, who last opened at No. 1 with 2002's “The Rising,” has seven Billboard 200 chart-toppers to his credit. "The Rising" started with 525,000 copies and has sold 2.1 million to date.

While Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” (Island/IDMJ) holds at No. 2 for a second week despite a 13% drop to 197,000 copies, Bobby Valentino enters the chart at No. 3 with a 180,000-copy debut of “Disturbing Tha Peace Presents: Bobby Valentino.” Valentino's first single, "Slow Down," tops Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list.

The song replaces "1 Thing" by Amerie, who also bows on the big chart this week. Her sophomore Rise/Columbia/Sony Urban Music set, “Touch,” lands at No. 5 with 124,000 units. The singer's 2002 debut, "All I Have," started at No. 9 with 89,000 and has sold 623,000 to date. This week she replaces 50 Cent’s No. 5 berth as “The Massacre” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) falls to No. 6 on a 10% slide to 114,000.

The top 10 gets another new visitor with Jo Dee Messina’s “Delicious Surprise” at No. 7 with 99,000. This is the third Billboard Top Country Albums chart-topper for the Curb artist and her first top 10 on The Billboard 200. "Burn" opened at No. 19 in 2000 with 61,000 units and has sold 1.2 million to date.

After making their Billboard 200 debuts last week at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, Mike Jones’ “Who Is Mike Jones?” (Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros.) slips to No. 8 on a 55% slope to 81,000 copies, and Il Divo’s self-titled Sony bow is 49% lighter at No. 9 with 74,000.

Though it gains 10% this week as the chart's greatest gainer, Gwen Stefani’s “Love, Angel, Music, Baby” (Interscope) falls 6-10 with 71,000 copies.

At No. 13 with 50,000 units, Ben Folds earns his highest Billboard 200 debut and first top 20 album on the chart with or without the Ben Folds Five with “Songs For Silverman." With Ben Folds Five, the Epic singer/songwriter previously went as high as No. 35 with 1999's "The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner," while the group's biggest seller is 1997's "Whatever and Ever Amen" with 1.1 million to date.

First season “Nashville Star” winner Buddy Jewell scores a No. 31 entry with his sophomore Sony effort “Times Like These," which opens with 26,000 units. His 2003 self-titled debut fared better with a No. 13 start and 52,000 copies. The set has a to-date total of 536,000.

Mint Condition is back on The Billboard 200 after a six-year absence with "Livin' The Luxury Brown" (Image) at No. 45. With 20,000 copies, the group's independent-label debut is the group's highest-charting album on The Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list, where it enters at No. 11. The album also takes over the top of the Independent Albums tally. The previous "Life's Aquarium" (Elektra) began at No. 64 with 35,000 in 1999 and has sold 249,000 to date.

New Order debuts right behind at No. 46 with "Waiting For the Siren's Call" (Warner Bros.). The set, which opens with 19,900 copies, starts just behind the group's 2001 effort, "Get Ready," which bowed at No. 41 with 29,000 and has sold 151,000 to date.

Overall U.S. album sales are up 3.6% over last week at 10.6 million units, about 0.5% lower than the same week last year. Sales for 2005 are lower than those of last year by about 9% at 186 million units.