Creed Won’t ‘Sacrifice’ Pole Position On Billboard Chart

Group fends off Now! 8 by selling another 417,000 copies of Weathered.

Creed’s Weathered will spend a second week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling more than 417,000 copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday.

The prosperous retail run, prompted by the hit single “My Sacrifice,” gives the band’s third album, released November 20, a two-week total of more than 1.3 million copies sold.

Despite a 50 percent drop in sales, compared with the staggering 887,000 copies it sold in its first week, Weathered managed again to withstand pressure from Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 8, which will remain at #2 with more than 353,000 copies sold.

Ludacris’ single “Roll Out (My Business)” must have been on the tip of everyone’s tongue, as his Word of Mouf will debut at #3 on next week’s chart by moving more than 281,000 copies. The Atlanta rapper’s second album is one of the two hip-hop records to enter the top 10, the other being Busta Rhymes’ Genesis, which will come in at #7 on sales of more than 185,000 copies.

With the holidays approaching, consumers didn’t flock to record stores last week the same way they did in the week after Thanksgiving, the shopping season’s official kickoff. Sales of all but two albums in the top 40 are down compared with the numbers of the previous week.

Only Christmas albums gained any retail ground, with New Age artist Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Extraordinaire moving from #15 to #8 on nearly 28,000 more in sales, making it the week’s biggest chart gainer in the top 20. Barbra Streisand’s Christmas Memories looks to be a popular stocking stuffer, with a 10,000-copy sales increase moving it from #28 to #22. And while it slipped in both sales and chart position, Now That’s What I Call Christmas! isn’t likely to vacate the top 10 anytime soon, coming in at #6 after selling another 220,000 copies.

Though its weekly totals are roughly similar since Thanksgiving, Destiny’s Child’s 8 Days of Christmas will make the largest chart leap in the top 40, moving up 17 places to #36.

The rest of the top 20 albums either held onto their previous positions or dropped a few places, save for the two-slot rise of Echoes — The Best of Pink Floyd, which moves to #16.

Slumping sales may be taking the wind out of Kid Rock’s thumping sails, as his Cocky, which sold more than 100,000 fewer copies last week than it did when it debuted at #7 the week prior, will dip sheepishly to #15, making it the top 20’s greatest slide. And while it followed Cocky at #8 during both albums’ first week out, Pink’s Missundazstood, slips three spaces to #11.

The remainder of the top 10 is rounded out by Garth Brooks’ Scarecrow, experiencing a two-week residency at #4 (with more than 230,000 copies sold); Britney Spears’ Britney, dropping two places to #5 (225,000); Enya’s A Day Without Rain, finally beginning to sink after months in the top 10, at #9 (160,000); and Enrique Iglesias’ Escape, taking a step back to #10 (143,000).

Many albums that made chart debuts a week ago will take serious nosedives, including Timbaland & Magoo’s Indecent Proposal (from #29 to #41); the Dungeon Family’s Even in Darkness (#42 to #55); Smashing Pumpkins’ Greatest Hits (#31 to #58); Mick Jagger’s Goddess in the Doorway (#39 to #59); Jill Scott’s Experience: Jill Scott (#38 to #62); Ghostface Killah’s Bulletproof Wallets (#34 to #67); and Eightball’s Almost Famous (#47 to #70). Only Sting’s live album All This Time will make progress, moving from #40 to #32.

The two-disc The Concert for New York City, featuring live cuts by David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Destiny’s Child and recorded to benefit the victims of September’s terrorist attacks, will debut at #27; Smash Mouth’s self-titled third album will debut at #48.

George Harrison’s passing last week (see “Former Beatle George Harrison Dead At 58″ ) impacted sales of the Beatles’ 1. The onetime #1 record will jump 73 positions to #73 following a twofold increase in sales of the greatest-hits collection.

Meanwhile, on next week’s BillboardTop Pop Catalog Albums chart, Harrison’s death drove up sales of both his solo work and Beatles LPs. His classic All Things Must Pass (1970) sold 13,000 copies last week, up from 900 the week before, and The Best of George Harrison (1976) went from selling 400 copies to more than 10,000. The Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969) jumped from 4,500 copies per week to more than 12,000, and 1968’s The Beatles (better known as the White Album) increased from 3,100 to more than 9,300.

Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include the “Ali” soundtrack, which features songs by R. Kelly, Alicia Keys and Al Green, among others, at #125, and MTV TRL Christmas, a seasonal compilation with contributions from ’NSYNC, Christina Aguilera and P.O.D., at #169.