In a week where only two albums topped sales of 100,000 copies, 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” moved enough to reclaim the No. 1 post for a sixth non-consecutive week on The Billboard 200. Even though U.S. sales of the Shady/Interscope set were down 10% from the previous week to 128,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the total easily outdistanced its closest rival, the new compilation “American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic Love Songs” (RCA).
“Love Songs” sold 101,000 copies in its initial week to land at No. 2 on the chart. Despite a higher debut, the set didn’t have as much pop as a collection from the Fox talent contest’s first season, “American Idol: Greatest Moments.” That compilation sold 146,000 copies in its first week, and entered the chart at No. 4 in October. To date, about 600,000 copies of the album have been sold.
Meanwhile, the RCA debut from first season “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson continues to perform well on the chart. “Thankful” withstands a 25% sales dip to 99,000 copies in its third week and maintains its No. 3 position on The Billboard 200.
“The Very Best of Cher” (Geffen/MCA/Warner Bros.) survives an 8% slide to sales of 98,000 discs. The small sales dip earns the album a 5-4 gain on the chart. Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” is also up one, to No. 5, after a relatively tame 5% sales loss to 94,000 copies.
Evanescence’s Wind-Up debut “Fallen” rises 7-6 on a 4% sales gain to 93,000 units, and is the only non-newcomer in the top-10 to see a sales increase. Linkin Park’s “Meteora” (Warner Bros.) falls 4-7 on a 17% drop to 92,000 copies, followed by last week’s No. 1, Madonna’s “American Life” (Maverick/Warner Bros.), which tumbles to No. 8 as sales of the album slid 62% to 91,000 copies.
Disney’s soundtrack to “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” bolts into the top-10 on a 41% sales burst to 71,000 copies. The album, up 18-9, clearly benefited from the film’s nationwide release last weekend.
R&B singer Kelly Price rounds out the top-10 with “Priceless” (Def Soul). The album arrives on the chart with sales of 69,000 copies. Her 2000 album “Mirror Mirror” entered the chart at No. 5 after moving 157,000 copies, and has sold 1.1 million to date.
Just outside the top-10, the So So Def/Arista debut from Bone Crusher lands at No. 11. Originally released last year on the independent Break ‘Em Off label, his “Attenchun!” has benefited from hit single “Never Scared” featuring Killer Mike & T.I.
Lil’ Mo’s “Meet the Girl Next Door” (Elektra) enters the chart at No. 17 with 53,000 copies. Her 2001 effort “Based on a True Story” arrived at No. 14 with 73,000 units. Other notable debuts this week include Rhino’s “The Best of the Monkees” compilation at No. 51, and the Interscope debut from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Fever To Tell,” at No. 67.