Springsteen's 'Rising' Hangs Onto No. 1
"The Rising," Bruce Springsteen's latest Columbia album, maintains its grip on top of The Billboard 200 for the second-straight week, matching the tenure of his last chart topper, 1995's "Greatest Hit"The Rising," Bruce Springsteen's latest Columbia album, maintains its grip on top of The Billboard 200 for the second-straight week, matching the tenure of his last chart topper, 1995's "Greatest Hits." Despite suffering a 55% sales decline to 239,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "The Rising" leads Nelly's "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal) by 14%, as the latter moved 208,000 copies, and rebounds 3-2 in its seventh week on the tally.
Also rebounding is the still mighty "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope), which suffered only a 2% dip to 173,000 units, and moves up two positions to No. 3 on The Billboard 200. The rapper also has the fastest-growing track at radio on Billboard's Hot 100, where "Cleanin' Out My Closet" scoots 22-14. As usual, his performance is slightly better in crossover markets than urban, as the cut rests at No. 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Fellow rapper Scarface's "The Fix" (Def Jam South) blasts to No. 4 on The Billboard 200, making it his sixth album to arrive inside the top-10 on the chart. The set also bows at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The 160,000 units moved by "The Fix" us up from the No. 7 debut of 2000's "The Last of a Dying Breed" (Virgin/Rap-A-Lot), which sold 134,000 units in its first week. His "On My Block" is No. 53 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Right behind Scarface, Trick Daddy's "Thug Holiday" (Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic) opens at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally and No. 6 on The Billboard 200. Although this is his second album to debut inside the top-10 on the big chart, it trails the No. 4 entry of 2000's "Thugs Are Us." The single "In Da Wind" featuring Cee-Lo and Big Boi is No. 28 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Project Pat's "Layin' Da Smack Down" (Hypnotize Mindz/Loud/Columbia) punches in at No. 12 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 68,000 units, but, like Trick Daddy and Scarface, carries more weight in urban markets, landing at No. 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His 2001 set "Mista Don't Play Everythangs Workin'," had a stronger debut on The Billboard 200 at No. 4.
The Universal soundtrack to "XXX," a double-disc set of hard rock and hip-hop, speeds to No. 12 after selling 76,000 copies. The first 350,000 units shipped include a coupon granting $5 off admission to the movie. Other notable newcomers on The Billboard 200 include Phil Vassar's "American Child" (Arista Nashville) at No. 44, DJ Sammy's "Heaven" (Robbins) at No. 67, and Jim Brickman's "Love Songs & Lullabies" (Windham Hill/RCA) at No. 73.
Avril Lavigne earned the largest sales increase on The Billboard 200, a 3% bump to 115,000 units, yet dips one slot to No. 9. Her single "Complicated" continues its stay at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100, still unable to penetrate Nelly's hold on the top two slots on the single's chart. The rapper's "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland is at the peak for a second-straight week, while his former No. 1, "Hot in Herre," is right behind at No. 2. The songs occupy the same positions on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is Soluna's "For All Time," which holds at a modest No. 91. The tally's top debut is Aaliyah's "I Care 4 U" at No. 67. Other notable entries include Vanessa Carlton's "Ordinary Day" at No. 69, Our Lady Peace's "Somewhere Out There" at No. 75, Alan Jackson's "Work in Progress" at No. 76, and Phil Vassar's "American Child" at No. 78.
Toby Keith's "Unleashed" keeps its hold on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally for a third-straight week. The set suffers a 30% sales dip to 121,000 units, and slides 6-8 on The Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff" rules Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup for a fifth week in a row.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" begins a ninth week atop Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and a third at No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally.