Detroit-bred hip-hop act D12 takes the lead on The Billboard 200, ending the five-week reign of Usher's LaFace/Zomba set "Confessions." The Eminem-led sextet's "D12 World" (Shady/Interscope) arrives o
Detroit-bred hip-hop act D12 takes the lead on The Billboard 200, ending the five-week reign of Usher's LaFace/Zomba set "Confessions." The Eminem-led sextet's "D12 World" (Shady/Interscope) arrives on the chart with 545,000 copies sold in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"D12 World" gives the group the biggest hip-hop/rap sales week of the year, besting Kanye West's "The College Dropout" (Roc-A-Fella). The latter sold 441,000 when it bowed on the chart 12 weeks ago. This is the second straight No. 1 debut for D12, as its 2001 Interscope set "Devil's Night" sold 372,000 copies in its first week.
Diana Krall enters the chart at No. 4 this week with "The Girl in the Other Room." With 145,000 copies sold, the Verve set beats the No. 9 peak of Krall's 2001 album "The Look of Love," which opened with 95,000 copies and has sold 1.4 million to date.
"American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics" (RCA) debuts at No. 10 with 55,000 copies sold. This season's compilation continues a steady decline in first-week sales for the series. "American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs" debuted at No. 2 last year with 101,000 copies sold, and in 2002 "American Idol Season 3: Greatest Moments" bowed at No. 4 on sales of 146,000.
Despite a 3.5% sales increase to 261,000 copies, Usher moves down to No. 2, while Prince's "Musicology" (Columbia) holds its place at No. 3, suffering a small 10% sales decrease to 170,000 in its second week. Mario Winans drops three spots to No. 5 -- a 44% dip to 124,000 copies -- with his Bad Boy debut "Hurt No More."
Veteran country songstress Loretta Lynn enjoys her highest-charting album ever on The Billboard 200, entering at No. 24 with "Van Lear Rose" (Interscope). The Jack White-produced album debuts 18 spots above her previous peak, attained in 1993 by "Honky Tonky Angels." With 37,000 copies of "Van Lear Rose" sold in its first week, Lynn is already closing in on her previous album's sales total. Her 2000 set "Still Country" (Audium) sold only 3,000 in its first week and has scanned 85,000 copies to date.
Beyoncé returns to The Billboard 200 at No. 17 with the DVD/CD set "Beyoncé: Live at Wembley." Featuring three unreleased tracks and three remixes, the set bows with 45,000 copies sold. The Columbia artist's first studio album "Dangerously in Love" debuted last year at No. 1 and has sold 3.3 million copies to date.
Other notable releases include Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Between Here and Gone" (Columbia) at No. 50 with 19,500 copies, Rhino's "Women & Songs" compilation at No. 67 with 16,000 copies and Patti Smith's "Trampin'" (Sony) at No. 123 with 9,000 copies.
Overall U.S. album sales are up 4.2% to 11 million, about 12% ahead of the comparable week last year. Sales for the year are beating those of 2003 by 7.8%.