The 16th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music" series ends the three-week reign of Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" on The Billboard 200. Despite a 16% decline, the Universal/EMI/Sony Musi
The 16th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music" series ends the three-week reign of Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" on The Billboard 200. Despite a 16% decline, the Universal/EMI/Sony Music/Zomba compilation climbs 2-1, selling 207,000 copies in the United States this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Simpson doesn't fall far despite a 38% sales decline; her Geffen debut slides to No. 2 with 164,000 units.
Thanks to three dates at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center, Prince's NPG/Columbia set "Musicology" grabs The Billboard 200's Greatest Gainer honors with a 35% sales bump to 99,000. His method of including a copy of the album with each concert ticket helps the artist move 8-3.
The Hot Shot Debut, rap supergroup 213's "The Hard Way" (TVT), bows at No. 4 with 95,000 units. As solo artists, Long Beach, Calif., natives Snoop Dogg, Warren G. and Nate Dogg haven't seen a top-tier opening in a few years. Snoop Dogg's last solo effort, "Paid tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$" (Priority/Capitol), bowed at No. 12 in 2002; Warren G.'s "The Return of the Regulator" (Universal) entered at No. 89 in 2001; and Nate Dogg's "Music & Me" (Elektra/Asylum) debuted at No. 32 the same year.
Ryan Cabrera's E.V.L.A. Entertainment/Atlantic debut, "Take It All Away," enters the chart at No. 8 with 66,000 units. Screen time on MTV's "The Ashlee Simpson Show" stirred interest in Cabrera, whose debut single, "On the Way Down," was this week's fastest-growing track at retail, moving 52-44 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Usher's LaFace/Zomba set "Confessions" gains 6-5 despite an 11% drop in sales to 78,000 copies.
Maroon5's "Songs About Jane" (Octone/J) pops back into the top 10 (12-6) with a 10% gain to 72,000. The group also earns its third top-five single on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, as "She Will Be Loved" jumps 6-3 this week.
Memphis rockers Saliva enter at No. 20 with their third studio set, "Survival of the Sickest" (Island), selling 39,000 units. The album group's sophomore album, "Back Into Your System," peaked at No. 19 after opening with 69,000 copies, and has sold 624,000 to date.
Queen grabs its best Nielsen SoundScan week and highest rank on The Billboard 200 since 1993 with "Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You" (Sony), which bows at No. 42 with 25,000 units. Labelmate Travis Tritt debuts with his greatest-hits set "My Honky Tonk History," at No. 50 with 23,000.
Overall U.S. album sales are down 5% from last week to 10.8 million units, about 2% less than the same week last year. Year-to-date sales are up about 7% to 398 million units.