For weeks, rap powerhouses Eminem and Nelly have been listed consecutively at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart — Eminem currently holds the #1 spot with Nelly immediately thereafter. But next week's chart will show that a few ladies have broken up their little party.
The Dixie Chicks' third major-label album, Home, will debut at the top of next week's chart, having sold in excess of a whopping 779,000 copies its first week out, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (September 4). Home, the Chicks' first LP in three years, comes on the heels of their feud with Sony Music and marks the first album recorded entirely on the Chicks' own terms.
Eminem's The Eminem Show will follow at #2 with a weekly tally of more than 175,000, and Avril Lavigne's Let Go will retain its #3 slot for the second straight week.
Nelly's Nellyville will dip to #4, its lowest location since the St. Louis MC entered the chart 10 weeks ago with his second album. This week's more than 145,000 copies sold brings the follow-up to 2000's Country Grammar over the 3 million mark.
The last week of August bore several new releases, with Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head leading the pack. The English quartet's second album and follow-up to 2000's "Yellow"-driven Parachutes will land at #5 with more than 140,000 copies sold.
Ruff Ryders' First Lady Eve will take the #6 spot with her third album, Eve-olution. More than 122,000 people got themselves some "Gangsta Lovin'," the LP's first single, featuring Alicia Keys, to give the follow-up to last year's Scorpion its top 10 debut. However, Eve-olution marks the Philly MC's lowest chart debut to date, as her first album, Let There Be Eve ... Ruff Ryders' First Lady and Scorpion landed at #1 and #4, respectively.
Lil' Flip may have officially lost his "undaground legend" status, as his second album by the same name will come in at #12; while Trina's second LP, Diamond Princess, fueled by dual singles "Told Y'All" and "No Panties," featuring Tweet, will take the #14 spot.
Representing the rockers, Queens of the Stone Age's third album, Songs for the Deaf, on which Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl plays drums, will round out the top 20 chart debuts at #17, with more than 49,000 copies sold.
The remainder of the chart's top 10 will find Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's The Rising falling from #5 to #7; James Taylor's October Road slipping equidistant to #8; the Clipse dropping five spots to #9; and Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 10 sliding three spots to #10.
Thanks to a reissue that includes a DVD component, P.O.D.'s Satellite, first issued last September, will appear on the chart at #36, up 48 spots from its previously held #84 slot. The enhanced version of P.O.D.'s second major-label LP sold more than twice as many copies (30,000) as the standard version did the week before (14,000). Combined, 2.4 million copies of Satellite are floating around.
New albums surface elsewhere on next week's chart, beginning with pop trio BBMak's second album, Into Your Head, coming in at #25; country singer Montgomery Gentry's My Town at #26; the "Barbershop" soundtrack, featuring cuts by P. Diddy and Fabolous, at #30; Aimee Mann's fourth album Lost in Space at #35; pop singer Daniel Bedingfield's Gotta Get Thru This at #41; the self-titled debut by Stone Sour, a side project of Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Jim Root, at #46; The Bathroom Wall by Jimmy Fallon of "Saturday Night Live" and, most recently, VMA fame, at #47; The Very Best of Kiss at #52; rapper Devin the Dude's second album Just Tryin' Ta Live at #61; Aussie rockers Silverchair at #91; the eponymous debut by actor Jared Leto's band 30 Seconds to Mars at #107; singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik's Daylight at #110; rockers Breaking Benjamin's debut Saturate at #136; and N.W.A Legends Vol. 2, a compilation featuring two N.W.A tracks and several inspired by the pioneering gangsta rappers courtesy of Snoop Dogg and Master P, among others, at #154.
Last week's Video Music Awards provided a goose to a few albums on next week's chart. Although she held at #3, performer and Best New Artist in a Video winner Avril Lavigne sold more than 20,000 copies of her LP; and performers the Vines will advance seven spots while their Highly Evolved sold 8,000 more copies than it did the previous week. Shakira's swivel-hipped stage show will allow her Laundry Service to move up five spots to #40 and sell more than 2,500 copies. And Viewer's Choice Award winner Michelle Branch's The Spirit Room moves ahead six spots to #55, with 2,000 more copies sold than the week before.