Jackson Holds Off Creed For A Third Week At No. 1

Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista Nashville) cruises to a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 189,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. Although the total is an 18% decline fr

Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista Nashville) cruises to a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 189,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. Although the total is an 18% decline from last week, it's more than enough to again hold off the Creed blockbuster "Weathered" (Wind-Up), which remains at No. 2 after selling 109,000 units.

"Drive" fronts Billboard's Top Country Albums tally for a third week in a row as well, fending off the Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which stays at No. 2. Jackson's single, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" slips 4-7 on Billboard's Hot County Singles & Tracks count, where Steve Holy's "Good Morning Beautiful" begins a third week at No. 1.

The top-10 of The Billboard 200 remains relatively unchanged from last week, but Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama" (MCA) manages a 28-10 rebound. The move stems from a 101% increase over the previous week's sales, spurred by a reissued version of her album featuring three unreleased tracks and a remix. Blige still has two songs in the top-15 of The Billboard Hot 100: the album's title track jumps three slots to No. 15, while "Family Affair" dips two to No. 14.

The top debut on The Billboard 200 is the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam soundtrack to the Beanie Sigel film "State Property," which shoots its way to No. 14 on the strength of 52,000 units sold. The album is also lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, ending a six-week run by Nas' "Stillmatic" (Ill Will/Columbia), which drops to No. 2.

Also new to The Billboard 200 is Barbra Streisand's Columbia compilation "The Essential Barbra Streisand," arriving at No. 15 after selling 51,000 units. This ties the first-week total of her 2000 release, "Timeless: Live in Concert," which debuted at No. 21 and went on to sell 455,000 copies.

U.K. electronic duo the Chemical Brothers bows at No. 32 with "Come With Us" (Freestyle Dust/Astralwerks). The 30,000 units moved by the album falls short of the 42,000 first-week numbers posted by 2000's "Surrender," but both debuted with the same chart position. "Come With Us" also debuts No. 1 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums tally.

Other notable debuts on The Billboard 200 include Dream Theater's "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" (Elektra) at No. 46, Jaguar Wright's "Denials Delusions and Decisions" (Motive/MCA) at No. 56, and Unwritten Law's "Elva" (Interscope) at No. 73.

Usher's "U Got It Bad" is No. 1 for a sixth-straight week on The Billboard Hot 100, holds off Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" yet again. Ja Rule, however, is making a run for the top with two separate tracks. "Always on Time" featuring Ashanti is No. 3, and Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny," on which the rapper appears, spurts 10-4 this week and is the chart's fastest-growing track at radio.

"Always on Time" has already been ruling urban markets, and begins its seventh week in a row at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Tweet continues to show gains on that chart with increased radio play, jumping 18-11 with the track "Oops (Oh My)."

The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is "Uh Huh," from boy band B2K, which rises 55-48. The top debut on the chart is Fat Joe's "What's Luv" featuring Ashanti at No. 68. Other notable newcomers include Toby Keith's "My List" at No. 77 and Ashanti's own "Foolish" at No. 78.

Puddle Of Mudd takes command of Billboard's rock airplay charts this week, as "Blurry" ousts Creed's "My Sacrifice" from the top of the Mainstream Rock Tracks count after nine weeks. "Blurry" also enters its fourth week fronting the Modern Rock Tracks tally.

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