Usher's "Confessions" easily holds the No. 1 post on The Billboard 200 for a third straight week. U.S. sales of the LaFace/Zomba album are down just 5% to 463,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundSca
Usher's "Confessions" easily holds the No. 1 post on The Billboard 200 for a third straight week. U.S. sales of the LaFace/Zomba album are down just 5% to 463,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, pushing the set's total over the 2 million mark. "Confessions" is largely unchallenged this week, as no album debuts inside the top 10.
Jessica Simpson's "In This Skin" zooms back up the chart with a 12-4 gain, fueled largely by an ABC television special she hosted Sunday (April 11) with her husband Nick Lachey. Sales are up 46% to 113,000 units for the week. The Columbia album has now sold 1.6 million copies in its 34 weeks on the chart.
Evanescence's "Fallen" (Wind-Up) is up 11-6 on a 23% sales gain to 105,000 copies. In 58 weeks on the chart, the album has sold 4.9 million units. Also jumping back into the top 10 is Kenny Chesney's "When the Sun Goes Down" (BNA), up 40% to 98,000 copies in its 10th week on the chart, good for the No. 7 spot.
Filling in the rest of the top 10 are the 15th volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony, No. 2), Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo" (Virgin, No. 3) Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" (Blue Note, No. 5), Lil' Flip's "U Gotta Feel Me" (Sucka Free/Columbia, No. 8), Guns N' Roses' "Greatest Hits" (Geffen/Interscope, No. 9) and J-Kwon's "Hood Hop" (So So Def/Zomba, No. 10).
Only two albums debut inside the top 20, but both are career highs. Tamia's third album "More" (Elektra) enters at No. 17 with 74,000 copies. The R&B singer has never been higher than No. 46, a peak reached by 2001's "A Nu Day."
Issaquah, Wash.-based rock act Modest Mouse lands at No. 19 with its much-buzzed-about "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" (Epic), which sells 68,000 copies in its first week. The act's previous chart high was No. 120, a position reached by its 2000 Epic debut, "The Moon & Antarctica."
Other notable entries include Barry Manilow's "2 Nights Live" (BMG) at No. 27, William Hung's novelty album "Inspiration" (Koch) at No. 34 and Dilated Peoples' "Neighborhood Watch" (Capitol) at No. 55.
Overall U.S. album sales are up about 5% from last week to 13.2 million units, about 21% ahead of the comparable week last year. Sales for the year are up about 10.5% over those of 2003.