Geffen chanteuse Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" rakes in its third week atop The Billboard 200 with 263,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Geffen chanteuse Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" rakes in its third week atop The Billboard 200 with 263,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Despite an 8% decline in sales, Simpson's performance of first single "Pieces of Me" last week on Fox's Teen Choice Awards helps to plant her debut firmly in the top slot. Simpson also walked away with the Aug. 11 broadcast's Fresh Face Award.

The 16th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series holds the No. 2 slot for the second week. Even with a 10% slide, sales of 247,000 sets the Universal/EMI/Sony Music/Zomba compilation -- along with Simpson -- far apart from the rest of the chart.

Scoring the Billboard 200's Hot Shot Debut at No. 3 is jailed rapper Shyne. In the midst of a 10-year prison sentence for his involvement in a 1999 New York nightclub shooting, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow manages to sell 158,000 copies of his sophomore studio set "Godfather Buried Alive" (Gangland/Def Jam/IDJMG). The former Puff Daddy protégé bowed at No. 5 with his self-titled 2000 debut for Bad Boy Records, and has sold 917,000 copies of that album to date.

Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep debut right behind Shyne at No. 4 with 109,000 copies sold of the Loud set "Amerikaz Nightmare." Alter Bridge -- the new band featuring former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips, original bassist Brian Marshall and former Mayfield Four vocalist Myles Kennedy -- gets things started at No. 5 with their Wind-Up debut "One Day Remains." The group will kick off a North American tour in late September in support of the set, which sells 95,000.

Fueled by his hit debut single "I Like That" -- which hit No. 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 -- former Los Angeles street performer Houston enters just outside the top tier at No. 14 with the hip-hop/R&B debut "It's Already Written." The Capitol set opens with 49,000 in sales.

The sixth installment of Razor & Tie's "Kidz Bop" franchise grabs the No. 23 slot with an opening of 37,000 copies. The set beats the first week of the previous "Kidz Bop 5," which entered at No. 34 with sales of 35,000 and has moved 275,000 units to date.

Also debuting this week is Fat Wreck Chords' "Rock Against Bush Vol. Two" (No. 45), Andy Griggs' "This I Gotta See" (RCA, No. 59), Rachel Proctor's "Where I Belong" (BNA, No. 66), the Irish Tenors' "Heritage" (Razor & Tie, No. 69) and Sammy Hagar's "The Essential Red Collection" (Hip-O, No. 75).

Overall album sales are up almost .5% from the previous week to 11.5 million units, and up 7.2% over the same week last year. Sales for the year are beating those of 2003 by about 7.5%.

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