OutKast's double-disc "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in the final sales week of the year, marking the third separate occasion the album has topped the c
OutKast's double-disc "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) returns to the top of The Billboard 200 in the final sales week of the year, marking the third separate occasion the album has topped the chart. Its sales rose 12% to 374,000 in the holiday week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the set a 14-week sales total of 3.1 million.
Last week's No. 1, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J), slips one spot to No. 2 on a 0.4% sales increase to 371,000 copies. Toby Keith's "Shock'n Y'all" (DreamWorks) also falls one slot to No. 3 on a 15% sales decrease to 314,000 units, while the multi-label compilation "Now 14" (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony) slips from No. 3 to No. 4, suffering a similar 15% sales drop to 302,000.
"The Very Best of Sheryl Crow" (A&M) climbs two spots to No. 5 despite a 4% sales drop to 256,000, while Josh Groban's "Closer" (Warner Bros.) suffers a 21% drop to 250,000, slipping one spot to No. 6. This week's No. 7 is Hilary Duff's "Metamorphosis" (Buena Vista), down from No. 6 on a 10% sales drop to 246,000. No Doubt's "The Singles 1992-2003" (Interscope) rises one to No. 8 despite an 8% sales drop to 217,000, while Ruben Studdard's "Soulful" (J) drops one to No. 9 on a 14% decrease to 211,000 copies. Britney Spears' "In the Zone" (Jive) holds steady at 205,000 units sold, good for a three-spot jump to No. 10.
Hot Shot Debut honors go to Juvenile's "Juve the Great" (Cash Money/Universal), which comes in at No. 32 with 103,000 units. Among the other debuts is the "You Got Served" soundtrack (T.U.G./Epic), which comes in at No. 34 with 102,500 units.
Comparative figures to last year's sales were not available at deadline.