Ashanti, Beyonce Albums Remain On Top
New albums from young R&B divas Ashanti and Beyonce maintain their grip on the top of The Billboard 200. Ashanti's "Chapter II" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) sold 135,000 copies in the U.S., according toNew albums from young R&B divas Ashanti and Beyonce maintain their grip on the top of The Billboard 200. Ashanti's "Chapter II" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) sold 135,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to remain at No. 1 for a second-straight week. Beyonce's "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) is right behind with sales of 132,000 copies. The albums also lead Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
"Chapter II" remains No. 1 despite a 58% sales hit in its second week of release. The set's two-week sales total is 461,000 copies. Sales of "Dangerously in Love," meanwhile, were down 28%. That set's first single, "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z, has already spent two weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100.
Evanescence's "Fallen" (Wind-Up) surges 7-3 on a 5% sales increase to 72,000 copies, tying the peak position it reached earlier this year. The band, which made an appearance last week on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," has seen the album sell 1.6 million copies in 20 weeks.
A 32% sales dip to 68,000 copies sends Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" (J Records) down one to No. 4. 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (Shady/Interscope) maintains its No. 5 position with sales of 67,000 copies, a 13% decrease from the previous week.
Michelle Branch's "Hotel Paper" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) falls 4-6 on a 23% dip to sales of 65,000 copies. Receipts of Metallica's "St. Anger" (Elektra) were down 13% to 62,000 copies, and the album drops one to No. 7, while Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Capitol) slipped mere 3% to 61,000 copies, and climbs one to No. 8.
The only new release to land in the top-10 is a greatest hits set from Trace Adkins. The Capitol collection opens at No. 9 with 56,000 copies. His 2001 set "Chrome" bowed at No. 59, and has sold 491,000 copies to date.
"The Very Best of Cher" (Geffen/MCA/Warner Bros.) rounds out the top-10 with an 18-10 jump. Sales of the set increased 11% to 52,000.
Latin singer Thalia's self-titled English-language debut (Virgin) enters The Billboard 200 at No. 11 on sales of 50,000 copies. Last year's Fonovisa/EMI Latin Spanish-language album of the same name debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Pop Albums and Top Latin Albums charts, and has sold 160,000 copies to date.