Now 6 Fends Off Sunshine Anderson, Brooks & Dunn

Hits compilation #1 for third week in a row.

The hits compilation Now That’s What I Call Music — Vol. 6 continued its reign over the nation’s record stores last week, even as Macy Gray protégé Sunshine Anderson and country duo Brooks & Dunn stormed their way into the top five of Billboard‘s 200 albums chart.

Now 6 sold almost 250,000 copies last week, while late rapper Tupac Shakur’s Until the End of Time maintains its hold on the #2 slot with 128,412 copies sold, according to SoundScan data released Wednesday (April 25).

Propelled by the success of the hit single “Heard It All Before,” Anderson’s first album, Your Woman, debuts at #5, while Brooks & Dunn land at #4 with Steers & Stripes. The two acts had the week’s highest chart debuts.

Meanwhile, 10 months after its release, Uncle Kracker’s Double Wide finally cracks the top 10 this week, squeaking in at #9.

The rest of the top 10 includes: Shaggy’s Hotshot at #3, Lifehouse’s No Name Face at #6, Nelly’s Country Grammar at #7, Dido’s No Angel at #8 and Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water at #10.

After jumping into the top 10 last week, Aaron Carter and Dream have each fallen right out, leaving the top 10 bereft of teen pop acts.

Carter’s Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) plummeted from #4 to #20, while Dream’s It Was All a Dream slipped from #7 to #18.

Other notable debuts include radio-DJ-turned-rapper Angie Martinez’s Up Close and Personal at #32, David Gray’s Lost Songs at #153, and the cast album of the new Broadway smash “The Producers” at #159.

The “Bridget Jones’s Diary” soundtrack — with new music from Sheryl Crow and Geri Halliwell — leapt from #111 last week to #38 this week, nearly doubling its sales.

Eighties rocker Billy Idol’s Greatest Hits also made a formidable leap this week, moving from #120 to #74.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Live in New York City, which debuted in the top five three weeks ago, is moving in the opposite direction, dropping from #24 to #52.

For more on Sunshine Anderson, check out “Sunshine Anderson: Ray Of Light.”