"Feels Like Home" by Norah Jones is showing no signs that it's ready to relinquish the top slot on The Billboard 200. The Blue Note album cruises to a third straight week atop the chart, selling 280,0
"Feels Like Home" by Norah Jones is showing no signs that it's ready to relinquish the top slot on The Billboard 200. The Blue Note album cruises to a third straight week atop the chart, selling 280,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sales of the set are down just 30% from last week, bringing its three-week total to 1.7 million copies.
Overall U.S. album sales are down 5.3% this week to 12.6 million, about 2.2% behind the comparable week last year. The sales total for the year is ahead of of 2003 by about 10.6%
Jones once again keeps Chicago-based hip-hop artist Kanye West from the chart pinnacle. His Roc-A-Fella debut "The College Dropout" holds at No. 2, with sales down 33% to 132,000 copies in its third week.
The chart's top debut belongs to hip-hop newcomers Young Gunz, whose first Roc-A-Fella offering "Tough Luv" sells 128,000 copies to bow at No. 3. The Philadelphia duo of Young Chris and Neef were first featured in the 2001 film and soundtrack "State Property," and earned a hit single last year with "Can't Stop, Won't Stop." The cut went to No. 15 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Evanescence continues its magnificent run, selling 125,000 copies of its Wind-Up debut "Fallen" in its 52nd week on the chart. Sales are down just 2% as the set dips one slot to No. 4.
Country star Kenny Chesney rounds out the top five with his "When the Sun Goes Down" (BNA). Sales are down 17% to 95,000 copies.
Josh Groban and OutKast are neck-and-neck at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Groban's "Closer" (Reprise) maintains its post from last week with an 18% sales dip to 90,800 copies, while OutKast's "Speakerbooxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) falls 4-7 on a 26% dip to 90,700 copies.
Twista holds at No. 8 with his "Kamikaze" (Atlantic), with sales down 22% to 80,000 copies, while the Jive debut from Eamon, "I Don't Want You Back," is down 7-9 in its second week, dipping 31% to 73,000 copies. "The Very Best of Sheryl Crow" (A&M) slips one to No. 10 on a 7% drop to 67,000 copies.
Maroon5 reaches a new peak this week with a 14-11 jump for its Octone debut "Songs About Jane." Sales are up 14% to 66,000 copies, bringing the album's to-date total to 898,000. Meanwhile, the act's "This Love" jumps 15-9 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart.
Southern rappers Trillville and Lil Scrappy combined forces for their full-length debut, "King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present Trillville/Lil Scrappy," and the Warner Bros. set arrives at No. 12 with 59,000 copies. First single "Neva Eva" is at No. 23 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks tally.
Also new this week to The Billboard 200 is the first solo effort from 'N Sync's JC Chasez, "Schizophrenic." The Jive album lands at No. 17 with 52,000 copies. Further down, the Sony/Integrity soundtrack to "The Passion of the Christ" enters at No. 19 with 49,000 copies, and the fifth volume in Razor & Tie's "Kidz Bop" series enters at No. 34 with 34,000 copies.
Other notable newcomers include the latest from Blindside, "About a Burning Fire" (Elektra), at No. 39 with 30,000 copies, and Tantric's "After We Go" (Maverick) at No. 56 with 23,000 copies.