Creed Makes It Lucky Seven At No. 1

Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) commands The Billboard 200 for a seventh straight week, despite a drop of 58% to 166,000 units in another week of sagging post-holiday sales. In just seven weeks, "Weathe

Creed's "Weathered" (Wind-Up) commands The Billboard 200 for a seventh straight week, despite a drop of 58% to 166,000 units in another week of sagging post-holiday sales. In just seven weeks, "Weathered" has moved 3.7 million units in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Creed is managing to stretch its dominance, with the single "My Sacrifice" reaching a new peak position at No. 6 on The Billboard Hot 100 thanks to a slight increase in airplay. The cut is also No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally for a sixth consecutive week.

Linking Park's "[Hybrid Theory]" (Warner Bros.) -- last year's top-selling album -- holds this week at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 after selling 124,000 units. Ludacris' "Word of Mouf" (Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam) moves up a rung to No. 3 on sales of 106,000 units, and No Doubt's "Rock Steady" (Interscope) squeaks back into the top-10 at No. 10 after selling 87,000 units.

The biggest mover in the top-40 is the Reprise soundtrack to "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," which whisks 49-29 despite a 39% sales decrease to 43,000 units. Soundtracks are performing well in the month of January, as DreamWorks' "Shrek" (53-42) and Interscope's "Ali" (81-61) and "Moulin Rouge" (188-79) are just a few of those that sold steadily enough to accrue chart gains.

The only album in the top-100 of The Billboard 200 to score an actual sales increase this week is Josh Groban's self-titled Warner Bros. set. The pop singer bolts 103-41, a 12% sales hike to 33,000 units. Groban's exposure on a December episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal" has no doubt helped his sales.

A number of sets show benefits from last Friday's announcement of this year's Grammy nominations. India.Arie's "Acoustic Soul" (Motown/Universal) is the most obvious, bouncing back onto the chart at No. 139 after falling off on Nov. 24. The R&B newcomer scored seven nominations, second only to U2's eight.

That group's "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (Interscope) jumps 74-58, while the Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which was recognized in four categories, rises 24-18. The latter also manages to knock Garth Brooks' "Scarecrow" (Capitol) out of the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally, where Brooks had reigned for seven weeks in a row. Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" commands Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks count for a fourth straight week; his new Arista album, "Drive," is due Tuesday (Jan. 15).

Nas' "Stillmatic" rules for a third straight week on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, where Ludacris' "Word of Mouf" is again at No. 2. Elsewhere on the tally, L.A. rap act Dilated Peoples soars 67-40 with "Expansion Team" (ABB/Priority/Capitol).

Reclaiming the top position on The Billboard Hot 100 is Usher's "U Got It Bad," sending Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" back down to No. 2. Usher earlier reached No. 1 in mid-December, but surrendered to the Nickelback tune once it was released as a retail single. "U Got It Bad" has remained the stronger cut at crossover radio and this week takes advantage of a decline in sales for "How You Remind Me."

"U Got It Bad" is once again No. 2 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally. Ja Rule's "Always on Time" featuring Ashanti is No. 1, besting Usher with spins at urban radio. Brandy has a strong debut on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart with "What About Us?," arriving at No. 44 in anticipation of the March 5 release of her Atlantic album, "Full Moon."

The Hot 100's top debut is the Dixie Chicks' "Some Days You Gotta Dance" at No. 71. Right behind the cowgirls is Joe Diffie with "In Another World" at No. 72.


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