Ruff Ryders' Jadakiss grabs the top spot on The Billboard 200 this week with his sophomore solo effort, "Kiss of Death" (Ruff Ryder/Interscope).

Ruff Ryders' Jadakiss grabs the top spot on The Billboard 200 this week with his sophomore solo effort, "Kiss of Death" (Ruff Ryder/Interscope).

Opening with U.S. sales of 246,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the set beats the rapper's 2001 debut, "Kiss tha Game Goodbye," which bowed at No. 5 with 204,000 and has sold 877,000 to date. Also a member of the Lox, Jadakiss first gained national attention with that group's 1997 multi-platinum tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., "We'll Always Love Big Poppa."

Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) remains solid at No. 2 for a third week, despite a 12% sales dip to 149,000 units, while a 60% decline forces last week's chart-topper, the Beastie Boys' "To the 5 Boroughs" (Capitol), to No. 3 with 143,000.

R&B newcomer JoJo slips in at No. 4 with her self-titled Da Family/Blackground debut. Fueled by first single "Leave (Get Out)" -- which continues to climb Billboard's Hot 100, this week at No. 18 -- the album opens with 95,000 copies.

Columbia's "Spider-Man 2" soundtrack debuts at No. 7 with 82,000 copies. The disc doesn't fare as well as the label's 2002 soundtrack to "Spider-Man," which opened at No. 4 with 112,000 copies, aided by hit single "Hero" by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Saliva's Josey Scott.

Wilco scores its first top-10 debut on The Billboard 200 with "A Ghost Is Born" (Nonesuch). The alt-country band's fifth studio effort opens at No. 8 with 81,000. Previous album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," which marked the group's Nonesuch debut after a split from Reprise/Warner Bros., opened at No. 13 with 56,000 units in 2002 and has sold 454,000 to date.

Christian rock quartet Switchfoot is The Billboard 200's greatest gainer this week, as "The Beautiful Letdown" (Columbia) shoots 44-16 on sales up 60% from last week to 45,000 copies. The release of a limited-edition version of "Letdown," which includes a DVD and other bonus features, helps this week's tally, as does a public-service spot for "Rock the Vote," which will air throughout the summer. "Letdown" also spends its 13th week atop Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart.

Overall U.S. album sales are down about 11% from last week to 11.2 million units, 6% ahead of the comparable week last year. Sales for the year are beating those of 2003 by about 7%.

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