Banks Secures Another Week At No. 1
Lloyd Banks' "The Hunger for More" is enjoying a second week atop The Billboard 200. Despite a 62% decrease to sales of 164,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the solo deLloyd Banks' "The Hunger for More" is enjoying a second week atop The Billboard 200. Despite a 62% decrease to sales of 164,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the solo debut from the G Unit/Interscope artist remains in front of Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba).
Sales of Usher's album declined 11% to 131,000 copies to rank No. 2 for a fifth week. "Confessions" remains the best-selling album of 2004 with a 4.7 million to date total in 16 weeks on the chart.
Gretchen Wilson's Epic debut, "Here for the Party," rebounds five slots to No. 3 on sales of 88,000 copies, up a little more than 1% over the previous week. Former No. 1 album "Kiss of Death" (Ruff Ryder/Interscope) by rapper Jadakiss holds steady at No. 4 for a second week, despite a 33% drop to 81,000 copies.
Wayward chart-toppers from Avril Lavigne and Velvet Revolver find their way back to the top 10 this week. Lavigne's "Under My Skin" (Arista) rises 11-5 on a 2% sales increase to 75,000 copies, while Velvet Revolver's "Contraband" (RCA) climbs 14-8 on a 13% boost to sales of 74,000.
Big & Rich grab their first top 10 on The Billboard 200 as the country duo's Warner Bros. debut, "Horse of a Different Color," moves 13-6 on a 15% sales gain to 75,000 copies.
Columbia's "Spider-Man 2" soundtrack rises two to No. 7 despite an 11% sales drop to 74,000 copies, while the Beastie Boys' "To the 5 Boroughs" falls 6-9 on a 26% slide to 67,000 copies. Closing out the top frame is Los Lonely Boys' Or/Epic self-titled debut, which bounces back 16-10 on a 7% rise to 65,000.
Following a 69% spike to sales of 41,000 copies, Guns N' Roses' Geffen "Greatest Hits" set is the chart's greatest gainer, moving 30 slots to No. 21. Renewed interest in the album was piqued by the group's turn on VH1's "Behind the Music," which debuted during the tracking week.
Angie Stone's third studio effort, "Stone Love" (J Records), is the chart's top debut at No. 14 with sales of 53,000 copies. It marks the neo-soul songstress' highest bow on The Billboard 200. In 2001, "Mahogany Soul" opened at No. 22 with 71,000 copies, while her 1999 Arista debut, "Black Diamond," entered in at No. 141 with 10,000 copies.
Second season "Nashville Star" winner Brad Cotter makes his Billboard 200 debut with "Patient Man" at No. 27. The former gospel singer's Sony Nashville album sold 34,000 copies in its opening week.
Comedian/radio personality Jeff Foxworthy's "Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered" (Warner Bros.) enters the chart this week at No. 47. The set moved 23,000 copies, aided by the success of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour -- co-headlined by Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. "Neutered" is the comedian's second-highest debut, following 1995's "Games Rednecks Play," which bowed at No. 14 and peaked at No. 8.
Overall U.S. album sales were down 7% to 11.1 million, but about 10% ahead of the same week last year. Sales for the year remain ahead of 2003 by 7.3%.
The Billboard 200 and all of the magazine's charts for issue dated July 24, will be posted tomorrow (July 15) on Billboard.com.