Jimmy Buffett proves he isn't "wasting away" anywhere as he tops The Billboard 200 for the first time in his 30-year career. The singer/songwriter's latest effort, "License to Chill" (Mailboat/RCA), e
Jimmy Buffett proves he isn't "wasting away" anywhere as he tops The Billboard 200 for the first time in his 30-year career. The singer/songwriter's latest effort, "License to Chill" (Mailboat/RCA), enters at No. 1 with U.S. sales of 239,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Buffett made his first appearance on the Billboard charts in 1974 with "Living and Dying in 3/4 Time" -- recorded for the long-gone Dunhill/ABC -- which peaked at No. 176 on The Billboard 200. The touring titan has since cultivated a uniquely successful career. His last studio set, "Far Side of the World," went to No. 5 two years ago, with a 78,500-unit debut. The album has sold 384,000 to date.
G Unit/Interscope artist Lloyd Banks managed to hold on to the top slot for two weeks with his solo debut, "The Hunger for More," but this week the album drops to No. 3 on a 32% slide to 111,000 copies. Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) stays in the No. 2 slot for the sixth week despite a 4% decline to 125,000.
The Roots debut at No. 4 with "The Tipping Point" (Geffen), which opens with 109,000 copies sold. The Philadelphia-based rap group ties its highest-ever Billboard 200 chart position, which it reached with the 1999 MCA set "Things Fall Apart." The group's last album, "Phrenology" (MCA), came in at No. 28 in 2002 with opening sales of 90,000 and has sold 683,000 to date.
Fueled by the hit remake of "Our Lips Are Sealed" by Duff sisters Haylie and Hilary, the soundtrack to "A Cinderella Story" (Hollywood) enters the chart at No. 9 with 73,000 units. The project also features songs by Josh Kelley, Goo Goo Dolls and Edwin McCain.
Following a three-night stint at New York's Madison Square Garden, Prince soars 289% to 74,000 units with his latest album, "Musicology." The NPG/Columbia artist's strategy of including a copy of the set with each ticket helps move the artist from last week's No. 64 position on The Billboard 200 into the top 10 this week, at No. 8.
The Elektra EP soundtrack to the new Metallica documentary "Some Kind of Monster" enters The Billboard 200 at No. 37 with 30,000 units. The film, directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, follows the metal superstars through group therapy and the recording of their 2003 album "St. Anger."
Overall U.S. album sales are up 2.4% to 11.3 million, about 6.7% ahead of the comparable week last year. Sales for the year are surpassing those of 2003 by about 7%.