Creed Knocked From Top Of Albums Chart

Country singer Alan Jackson slides into #1 slot with Drive.

Creed will be driven out of the top slot of next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart by country singer Alan Jackson, whose new album, Drive, outsold the rockers’ Weathered last week by almost 300,000 copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (January 23).

Drive moved more than 423,000 copies, compared to Weathered‘s 128,000, ousting the latter from the #1 position it has held every week since its release November 20. Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips shouldn’t feel too sorry for themselves; Creed’s nine-week total amounts to more than 4 million copies.

Despite Jackson’s impressive chart debut and Creed’s respectable total, most other albums continue to experience the post-holiday sales slump. In fact, Weathered and Drive will be next week’s only two top 10 LPs to have sold more than 100,000 copies last week. And, except for debuts, only six of next week’s top 100 albums saw an increase in sales.

With no top 20 album improving its weekly tally, movements in chart position provide the only indication of LPs having relatively successful weeks. That said, Usher should be proud of 8701, which moves up four slots to #8; while Pink might be wondering if there’s something about Missundaztood that fans might not be getting, as her second album slips three places to #9.

Elsewhere in next week’s top 10, Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory steps back to #3; Nickelback’s Silver Side Up holds at #4; Ludacris’ Word of Mouf dips two places to #5; Ja Rule’s Pain Is Love creeps up to #6; Nas’ Stillmatic slides two spots down to #7; and Enya’s A Day Without Rain maintains its grip on #10 for two weeks straight.

The “Orange County” soundtrack, fueled by new singles from the Offspring and Foo Fighters, leads the handful of albums on the upswing, moving more than 3,500 copies more than it did the previous week. And with a bump of more than 2,500 copies and a 41-spot chart hop, Jaheim’s Ghetto Love will land at #95.

Vancouver rock quartet Default is also showing chart promise. Their debut, The Fallout, increased sales by more than 2,500 copies to bound up the chart, from #121 last week to the #73 position it will hold next week. Faith Evans’ Faithfully is another riser, with a sales increase of more than 2,000 copies to propel it from #76 to #65; as is Keke Wyatt’s Soul Sista, which jumps 10 spots to #67.

The major sales boosts come further down in the chart, courtesy of the soundtrack to “American Pie 2,” which sold 7,000 more copies last week than it did the previous week to reenter the chart at #150; and John Tesh’s Pure Hymns, which went from selling 149 copies a week to moving a whopping 8,500 copies last week to come in at #151.

Living legend Willie Nelson has the chart’s second highest debut, as his The Great Divide, which features a duet with Kid Rock on “Last Stand in Open Country,” comes in at #43, with more than 23,000 copies sold. Other notable debuts include Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Love Songs at #76, and the soundtrack to Mandy Moore’s film “A Walk to Remember,” which hits big screens on Friday, at #181.