R. Kelly, Jay-Z Take 'Business' To No. 1

A $75 million feud isn't enough to keep R. Kelly and Jay-Z from the top of The Billboard 200 with the ironically titled "Unfinished Business" (Jive/Def Jam/IDJMG). The duo's second and highest-chartin

A $75 million feud isn't enough to keep R. Kelly and Jay-Z from the top of The Billboard 200 with "Unfinished Business" (Jive/Def Jam/IDJMG). The duo's second and highest-charting collaboration opens with a Nielsen SoundScan tally of 215,000 copies sold in the United States.

As reported yesterday, R. Kelly filed a $75 million breach-of-contract suit against Jay-Z after being dismissed from their co-headlining Best of Both Worlds Tour.

The duo's 2002 album "The Best of Both Worlds" opened at No. 2 with 223,000 copies and has sold 875,000 to date.

Trick Daddy bursts in at No. 2 with his highest charting album on The Billboard 200 and best sales week ever. "Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets" (Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic) starts with 145,000 copies. The single "Let's Go" climbs 14-10 on the Hot 100.

It's immediate gratification this time around for the members of Simple Plan, as the band's sophomore Lava set, "Still Not Getting Any...," opens at No. 3 with 139,000 units. The rapid success is in contrast to the slow rise of the Canadian pop/punk act's 2002 debut, "No Pads, No Helmets ... Just Balls," which took two months to enter the big chart before eventually peaking at No. 35. That album went on to sell 1.8 million copies.

Rod Stewart's "Stardust ... The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3" (J) slips from the top slot to No. 4 on a 44% decrease from last week to 134,000 copies.

Michael McDonald's sequel to his 2003 compilation of Motown covers is an even bigger success for the veteran artist, who scores the No. 9 spot with 70,000 units sold of "Motown Two" (Motown). Its predecessor, 'Motown," peaked at No. 14 and has sold 1.3 million. Motown" re-enters the chart this week at No. 158 on a 70% increase from last week to 7,000 copies.

Ticket sales for the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" translated to music sales this week, as the movie opened at No. 2 at the box office. The WMG/Atlantic/Rhino soundtrack earns the chart's Greatest Gainer award, with a 50% increase to 55,000 units and a 23-10 move. Despite the hype, Charles' last studio record, "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music), sees a slight 3% decline to 96,000 units, slipping from No. 5 to No. 8.

Rounding out the top 10, Nelly's "Suit" (Derrty/Fo'Reel/Universal) falls 2-5 on a 15% slide to 130,000; Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) dips 4-6 on a 19% fall to 113,000; and George Strait's "50 Number Ones" (MCA Nashville) drops 3-7 on a 27% decline to 104,000.

Gospel artist Michael W. Smith grabs his highest debut on the big chart at No. 11 with "Healing Rain" (Reunion), selling 55,000 units in its opening week. Also debuting in the top 20 is Blake Shelton, at No. 20 with "Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill" (Warner Bros.), which sells 39,000.

Overall U.S. album sales are down about 2% from last week at 10.5 million units, and are about 5% lower than the same week last year. Sales for the year to date are ahead of 2003 by about 4.5%, at 506 million units.