Celine Dion Tops Albums Chart; WWF, Avant Make Strong Debuts

Canadian diva's A New Day Has Come sells nearly 530,000 copies.

Even though Celine Dion has threatened to retire from singing, like, 85 times, it looks like she's still at the top of her game. The Canadian crooner's A New Day Has Come will debut on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart at #1, selling nearly 530,000 albums, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (April 3).

Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 9 holds strong right behind Dion with over 460,000 copies sold. Another debut, WWF Forceable Entry, which features such mat-ready acts as Marilyn Manson, Creed and Limp Bizkit, will take the #3 position, moving over 145,000 units.

Jay-Z and R. Kelly get bumped down a couple of spots to accommodate the newcomers. The Best of Both Worlds will come in at #4, selling over 137,000 albums in its second week, and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack rounds out the top five, with nearly 130,000 albums sold.

The second half of the top 10 follows a similar pattern as the first. R&B newcomer Avant's album Ecstasy debuts in the #6 spot. Then top 10 veteran Pink takes Missundaztood to #7. Another soundtrack — as well as a chart premiere — "The Scorpion King," snags the #8 position. Finally, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Alan Jackson's Drive complete the list.

In a big sales week overall, such chart mainstays as Ludacris (#11), Creed (#16) and Britney Spears (#29) managed to sell more albums last week than the week before without significant leaps up the ranks. But some artists weren't as lucky.

With initially formidable chart entries, the subsequent weeks for such albums as Glenn Lewis' World Outside My Window, Ol' Dirty Bastard's The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones and Remy Shand's Way I Feel haven't proved to be as fruitful. On next week's chart, Lewis drops 26 places to #30, ODB slips 21 spots to #54 and Shand falls 27 notches to #78. Darren Hayes' Spin, dropping 51 spots to 86, and the Indigo Girls' Become You, slipping 37 places to #90, fall into this trap as well.

The Academy Awards gave some movie soundtracks a boost. "Shrek" jumped 18 places to #37, "Moulin Rouge" moved up 12 spots to #45, "Lord of the Rings" climbed 38 spots to #85, and the second installment of the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack made its way up 23 places to #115.

Other albums that made some headway on the chart are Jars of Clay's Eleventh Hour, which moves up 18 places to #75; Unwritten Law's Elva, which moved up 20 spots to #81; and, amazingly, Kidz Bop, the album on which such pop songs as "Oops ... I Did It Again" and "Livin' La Vida Loca" are sung by children. It jumped a whopping 61 spots to #104, selling over 15,000 copies.

Next week's chart will feature debuts by Down, whose II comes in at #44, with over 31,000 albums sold. Rocker Andrew W.K. comes in at #112, moving almost 14,000 albums, and Eazy-E's Impact of a Legend comes in at #113, also selling almost 14,000 copies.