Jackson Stays Driven At No. 1
Alan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista) steers its way to its second straight week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, even after experiencing a typical second week decline of 46% to sales of 230,000 units, accordAlan Jackson's "Drive" (Arista) steers its way to its second straight week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, even after experiencing a typical second week decline of 46% to sales of 230,000 units, according to SoundScan. "Drive" easily outpaces Creed's former chart topper "Weathered" (Wind-Up), which is No. 2 for a second week after selling 120,000 units.
Jackson's "Drive" also remains No. 1 for a second-straight week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, while his single "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" slips two notches to No. 4 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks count. Steve Holy's "Good Morning America" is No. 1 on that tally for the second week running.
Lurking behind Jackson on the country albums chart at No. 2 is the Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which finally breeches the top-10 of The Billboard 200 the after 57 weeks. The bluegrass-laden compilation moves up one on that tally and swaps places with Enya's "A Day Without Rain" (Reprise) to squeak in at No. 10. The soundtrack, which has now sold more than 3.7 million copies in the U.S., is the beneficiary of a 3% sales bump, no doubt a result of its four Grammy nominations. The set, which has notched 26 non-consecutive weeks fronting Billboard's Top Country Albums tally, is also No. 1 on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart.
Nine Inch Nails has The Billboard 200's top two debuts, both with its live album "And All That Could Have Been" (Nothing/Interscope). The "deluxe" version -- which boasts a second disc of remixes and unreleased tracks -- sold more than 33,000 units, and enters No. 26, while the single disc offering sold more than 28,000 to arrive at No. 37. If the two versions were combined, the live project's sales were about 61,500 units, which would have placed the album at No. 12.
New York buzz band the Strokes soar 63-33 on a mighty 60% sales increase with their RCA debut "Is This It." After 16 weeks, the group is gaining momentum with increasing exposure on radio, MTV2, and a rerun of its "Saturday Night Live" performance. Look for the set to take another jump next week after the band is showcased Saturday evening (Feb. 2) on MTV2 with a live performance at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles. The group's single "Last Nite" is also starting to move with subway speed, jumping 10-5 in its 14th week on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks count.
The Epic soundtrack to the Mandy Moore film "A Walk to Remember" dashes up The Billboard 200 181-56, following a massive 185% sales burst driven by the theatrical release of the flick. India.Arie's "Acoustic Soul" (Motown) continues to find more fans, most recently thanks to an album of the year Grammy nod. The album rides a 29% sales hike this week to No. 87.
After returning to independent label Epitaph Records, aging punk act Bad Religion barrels its way to No. 49 to score the highest debut of its career with "The Process of Belief." The album marks the band's first with co-founder Brett Gurewitz, who also happens to run Epitaph, since 1994's Atlantic effort "Stranger than Fiction." The group's previous benchmark was 1996's "The Gray Race," which arrived at No. 56. "The Process of Belief" is also No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums count.
Nas' "Stillmatic" (Ill Will/Columbia) once again commands Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, settling in at No. 1 for a sixth straight week after selling another 66,000 units. Keke Wyatt hops into the top-10 on that tally with her MCA set "Soul Sista," scooting to No. 5 this week, while Faith Evans' "Faithfully" (Bad Boy/Arista) cruises 15-8.
Usher's "U Got It Bad" holds at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for a third week in a row, and fifth overall, once again fending of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me," which holds at No. 2. "U Got It Bad" dips slightly in urban markets, sliding 3-4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where Ja Rule's "Always on Time" featuring Ahanti is No. 1 for a sixth week. Meanwhile, Brandy's "What About Us?" continues to move its way to the top, strutting this week 8-5.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio is Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny" featuring Ja Rule, hustling 12-10. The chart's fastest-growing track at retail is Corey's "Hush Lil' Lady" featuring Lil' Romeo, which takes an 87-77 stroll this week.
The top debut on the Hot 100 is the Timbaland-produced "Oops (Oh My)" from Tweet, rolling in impressively at No. 54. Other notable debuts include Usher's "U Don't Have Yo Call" at No. 65, 'N Sync's "Girlfriend" at No. 70, Kenny Chesney's "Young" at No. 72, P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation" at No. 74, and Chris Cagle's "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out" at No. 78.
Puddle Of Mudd is in charge of the Modern Rock Tracks tally for a third week in a row with "Blurry," and Creed's "My Sacrifice" commands Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for a ninth week running.