OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with a 3-1 jump. U.S. sales of the Arista album are down just 4% from last week to 97,000 copies, according t
OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 with a 3-1 jump. U.S. sales of the Arista album are down just 4% from last week to 97,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The latest from the Atlanta-based hip-hop duo has sold 3.4 million copies in 17 weeks, and is entering its sixth, non-consecutive week at No. 1. Overall sales continue to decline in the post-holiday season, and only one album debuts inside the top-20.
"The Very Best of Sheryl Crow" (A&M) withstands a 10% sales dip to 73,000 copies to gain 6-2, knocking "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J Records) down one slot to No. 3. Sales of Keys' latest dip 32% to 69,000 copies. Toby Keith's "Shock'n Y'all" is up 5-4 despite a 20% decline in sales to 66,000 copies.
Last week's chart-topper, Josh Groban's "Closer" (Reprise), falls to No. 5 on a 40% sales drop to 65,700 copies. It's been a tumultuous couple weeks for the set, as "Closer" shot 11-1 last week on a 34% sales hike. To date, the album has sold about 2.1 million copies.
The 14th volume in the compilation series "NOW That's What I Call Music!" (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony) is up 7-6, surviving a 10% sales drop to 65,000 copies. Close behind is No Doubt's "The Singles 1992-2003" (Interscope), which falls 4-7 on a 28% sales loss to 64,300 copies.
Second-season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard holds at No. 8, as sales of his J Records debut "Soulful" are on par with its tally last week at 63,000 copies. The artist benefited from the debut last week of his new video, "Sorry 2004."
Evanescence also maintains its No. 9 post with "Fallen," the group's Wind-Up debut. Sales are up about 2% to 62,000 copies. Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (Roc-A-Fella//Def Jam) holds at No. 10, as sales dip about 4% to 54,000 copies.
Arriving just outside the top-10 at No. 12 with 48,000 copies is "WWE Originals" (Sony Music/Famous Players). The latest WWE companion features songs from the show's stars, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Booker T and the Dudley Boyz, among others.
Also new this week is the "The Best of Keith Sweat: Make You Sweat" (Elektra) at No. 31 with 29,000 copies, and Crystal Method's "Legion of Boom" (V2) at No. 36 with 25,000 copies.