Fans are still clamoring for the Game, prompting the return of his Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope debut "The Documentary" to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Despite a 28% slide, sales of 190,000 U.S. copies,
Fans are still clamoring for the Game, prompting the return of his Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope debut "The Documentary" to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Despite a 28% slide, sales of 190,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, are enough to stave off an influx of new titles and retake the lead.
The chart's hot shot debut is also the best-charting album of Tina Turner's career, as "All the Best" (Capitol) debuts at No. 2. The double CD anthology sold 121,000 units in its first week to beat the soul icon's previous chart high, a No. 3 peak with 1984's "Private Dancer."
Turner has been hitting the TV circuit to promote the set, which covers two decades of recordings and includes three new tracks, performing classics like "Let's Stay Together" on ABC's "Regis & Kelly" and new single "Open Arms" on CBS' "The Early Show."
Sales of Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) rose 19% to 113,000 copies, fueling a 4-3 rise, while last week's No. 1, Kenny Chesney's "Be As You Are: Songs From An Old Blue Chair" (BNA), drops to No. 4 on a 65% slip to 109,000.
John Legend's "Get Lifted" (Sony Urban Music/Columbia) makes a one spot leap to No. 5 on the strength of a 46% gain to 93,000 units.
As the original Motley Crue lineup prepares to hit the road  for the first time since 1999, the band's "Red White & Crue" (Hip-O/Motley/UME) retrospective enters The Billboard 200 at No. 6 with 90,000 copies. The 37-track, double-disc set features hits like "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Smoking in the Boys' Room," which the band will perform during the tour of the same name when it kicks off Feb. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Eminem's "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) dips 5-7 despite a 9% increase to sales of 85,000 copies.
Entering at No. 8 is Grammy/Capitol's "Grammy Nominees 2005," selling 78,000 copies in advance of Feb. 13's 47th annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The selection features tracks by leading nominee Kanye West, Green Day, Alicia Keys and MusiCares person of the year honoree Brian Wilson. Last year's compilation bowed at No. 4 with 68,000 units and has sold 679,000 to date.
Rounding out the top tier, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Crunk Juice" (TVT) saw a 10% boost to 69,000 units, but falls 7-9, while Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) drops 9-10 despite a 20% gain to 69,000.
It's another strong week for Ray Charles, as the WMG/Atlantic/Rhino "Ray" soundtrack rockets 43-16, and is the chart's greatest sales gainer, reflecting a 130% upshot to 53,000 units. The late artist also enters The Billboard 200 with "Ray: More Music From Ray Charles" (Rhino), which bows at No. 46 with 25,000 copies. In addition, Charles' final studio album, "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music), rises 35-24 thanks to a 39% gain to 50,000.
Other notable album chart bows this week include Grupo Montez De Durango's "Y Sigue La Mata Danda" (Disa, No. 34), Do Or Die's "D.O.D." (The Legion, No. 40), Unwritten Law's "Here's to the Mourning" (Lava, No. 51), Conjunto Primavera's "Hoy Como Ayer" (Fonovisa, No. 58) and Joe Cocker's "Heart & Soul" (New Door/Universal, No. 61).
Overall U.S. album sales were up 9.7% over the previous week at 11.4 million units and about 7% up from the same week last year. To-date sales remain below 2004 by about 8.7% at 5.2 million units.
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