After six years away, the Beastie Boys return this week to the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 with "To the 5 Boroughs." Their latest Capitol set opened with sales of 360,000 copies in the United

After six years away, the Beastie Boys return this week to the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 with "To the 5 Boroughs." Their latest Capitol set opened with sales of 360,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It's the follow-up to 1998's "Hello Nasty," which also debuted at No. 1, selling 682,000 copies in its opening week. It remained on top for three weeks and has sold 3.8 million to date.

After a nine-week run at the top, Usher's "Confessions" isn't in any hurry to fade away. Bounced out of No. 1 last week by Velvet Revolver's "Contraband," Usher's LaFace/Zomba set remains steadfast at No. 2 after a mere 1% drop to sales of 169,000 copies. Velvet Revolver's RCA set, meanwhile, suffered a 52% slip to 123,000 copies, and tumbles to No. 3 on the chart.

Gretchen Wilson holds onto the fourth slot for a second week with "Here for the Party" (Epic), while Avril Lavigne falls two spots to No. 5 with "Under My Skin" (Arista). Prince's "Musicology" (NPG/Columbia) and Hoobastank's "The Reason" (Island) each fall one position to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, and D12's "D12 World" (Shady/Interscope) is bumped up one to No. 8 .

Moving into the top 10 this week is Los Lonely Boys' self-titled Epic set, which makes a 13-9 jump on a 36% increase to 61,000 copies.

Celine Dion's latest Epic release "A New Day: Live in Las Vegas" opens at No. 10 this week with 58,000 copies. Last year Dion entered at No. 2 with the studio effort "One Heart," which started with 432,000 copies and has sold 1.7 million to date.

Second season "American Idol" alum Josh Gracin barely misses the top tier with his self-titled Hollywood Records debut. The set bows at No. 11 with sales of 57,000 copies. It features "I Want To Live," a top 15 track on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

With its break-up impending, jam band juggernaut Phish sees its Elektra swan song, "Undermind," enter The Billboard 200 at No. 13. The album, which sold 56,000 copies, bests the band's previous studio set, 2002's "Round Room," which entered at No. 46 and has sold 202,000 copies to date.

Actress/R&B singer Christina Milian's Island Records debut, "It's About Time," bows at No. 14 with sales of 55,000 copies.

Overall U.S. album sales rose 16% to 12.6 million, about 18% ahead of the comparable week last year. Sales for 2004 are ahead of 2003 by about 7%.

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