'Love & Life' Puts Blige Back On Top

Mary J. Blige's "Love & Life" gives the R&B veteran her second No. 1 on The Billboard 200. In its first week, the Geffen album sold 286,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan,

Mary J. Blige's "Love & Life" gives the R&B veteran her second No. 1 on The Billboard 200. In its first week, the Geffen album sold 286,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and leads three albums into the top-10.

Produced by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, "Love & Life" features cameos from Jay-Z, Eve and 50 Cent. Although it earns the top spot on the album chart, it failed to top the opening week numbers posted by 2001's "No More Drama"; that set debuted at No. 2 with sales of 294,000 copies and has moved about 2.92 million to date.

Blige, who last reached the top spot in 1997 with "Share My World," also tops Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally. First single "Love @ 1st Sight" is a top-30 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Teen star Hilary Duff, best known for playing the title character from the Disney series and film "Lizzie McGuire," arrives at No. 2 with her Buena Vista debut "Metamorphosis." Preceded by the successful single "So Yesterday," the set sold 204,000 copies. On the Top 40 Mainstream chart published by Billboard sister publication Airplay Monitor, "So Yesterday" is No. 39.

Last week's No. 1 album, "Neptunes Presents ... Clones" (Star Trak/Arista), falls to No. 3 on The Billboard 200. The set took a 53% sales dip to 115,000 copies. The all-star packed compilation album, featuring Neptunes-produced songs from Dirt McGirt, Clipse, Foxy Brown and Busta Rhymes, among others, has a two-week sales total of 366,000 units.

Alan Jackson's "Greatest Hits Vol. II" (Arista Nashville) falls 2-4, suffering a 28% sales dip to 114,000 copies. The compilation has sold more than 600,000 copies and leads Billboard's Top Country Albums roundup for the third week in a row.

Also debuting in the top-10 of The Billboard 200 is "Drinkin' Patanaz" (So So Def/Arista), the second effort from rap act Youngbloodz. The set enters at No. 5 on sales 85,000 copies, easily the best week on the tally for the act, which is made up of Sean Paul and DJ J-Bo. The pair's 1999 effort, "Against Da Grain," peaked at No. 92 and has sold 298,000 copies to date.

Beyoncé's "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) rebounds 9-6 in its 10th week on the chart. Sales were up about 16% to 78,000 copies following her appearance on last week's MTV Video Music Awards. The former No. 1 album has sold about 1.2 million copies.

The Wind-Up debut from Evanescence, "Fallen," holds steadily at No. 7. Sales increased 4% to 77,500 copies; the album has sold 2.2 million copies in 26 weeks on the chart. The soundtrack to "Bad Boys II" tumbles 5-8. Sales of 75,000 copies, down 20% from the previous week, pushed the Bad Boy/Universal set's to-date total over the 1 million mark.

Chingy's Capitol debut "Jackpot" is up 11-9 in its seventh week on the chart. Sales of the set were down about 2% to 63,000 copies, bringing its total to about 580,000.

Rounding out the top-10 is Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Capitol), which rebounds 21-10. Sales of the album were up 44% to 62,000 copies, no doubt in response to the group's three wins at the VMAs. The set, which debuted at No. 5 on the chart in September 2002, has sold 2.2 million units in 53 weeks.

Beyond the top-10, the second full-length from Nappy Roots, "Wooden Leather" (Atlantic), lands at No. 12. Sales of 59,000 units gave the hip-hop quartet its best week on the chart. Their 2002 debut, "Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz," peaked at No. 24 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.2 million units to date.

Also new this week is Warren Zevon's "The Wind" (Artemis) at No. 16. Featuring contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and the Eagles Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, among others, the set sold 47,000 copies. It's a career high debut for the terminally ill singer/songwriter, and his second-highest charting album. "Excitable Boy" reached No. 8 in 1978.

Billboard's new album and singles charts will be posted tomorrow (Sept. 4) on Billboard.com.