Following last week's No. 1 bow, rapper Lloyd Banks continues to sit atop The Billboard 200 with his solo debut "The Hunger for More" (G Unit/Interscope). Despite a 62% sales decrease to 164,000 copie

Following last week's No. 1 bow, rapper Lloyd Banks continues to sit atop The Billboard 200 with his solo debut "The Hunger for More" (G Unit/Interscope). Despite a 62% sales decrease to 164,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the set manages to stave off Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) at No. 2.

In its fifth week as runner-up, "Confessions" continues its strong run as the best-selling album of the year. The set moves 131,000 copies this week in spite of an 11% decline; in its 16 weeks on the chart, it has sold 4.7 million units.

Gretchen Wilson nabs third place with her Epic album "Here for the Party," which climbs five slots this week on 88,000 copies sold. "Kiss of Death" (Ruff Ryder/Interscope) by rapper Jadakiss holds at No. 4 for its second week despite a 33% drop to 81,000 copies.

Two wayward chart-toppers find their way back to the top 10 this week. Avril Lavigne's "Under My Skin" (Arista), which fell to No. 11 last week, jumps to No. 5 with a 2% sales increase, while Velvet Revolver's "Contraband" (RCA) climbs 14-8 with a 13% gain. Los Lonely Boys' Or/Epic self-titled set also jumps back into the top tier with a 7% rise, moving 16-10.

Country duo Big & Rich grab their first top-10 position on the Billboard 200 at No. 6. At No. 13 last week, the Warner Bros. debut "Horse of a Different Color" makes a 15% sales leap to 75,000 copies.

Columbia's "Spider-Man 2" soundtrack moves 9-7 despite an 11% drop to 74,000 copies, while the Beastie Boys' "To the 5 Boroughs" falls 6-9 on a 26% slide to 67,000 copies.

Guns N' Roses manages a 69% spike to 41,000 copies in the face of a slumping sales week. The band's Geffen greatest-hits set is the chart's greatest gainer, moving 30 slots to No. 21 with the help of the group's turn on VH1's "Behind the Music," which debuted during the tracking week.

Neo-soul songstress Angie Stone debuts her third studio effort "Stone Love" (J Records) at No. 14 with 53,000 copies. This is the artist's highest debut on the Billboard 200, as 2001's "Mahogany Soul" bowed at No. 22 with 71,000 copies and her 1999 Arista debut "Black Diamond" came in at No. 141 with 10,000 copies.

This year's "Nashville Star" winner Brad Cotter makes his Sony Nashville debut at No. 27 with "Patient Man." The former gospel singer grabs 34,000 copies in his opening week.

Overall U.S. album sales are down 7% to 11.1 million, about 10% ahead of the same week last year. Sales for the year are up 7.3% from 2003.

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