After three weeks, the Dixie Chicks have built quite a foundation for their Home.
The country trio's third major-label LP will once again nest at the #1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart by selling more than 214,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (September 18).
Avril Lavigne's Let Go, a top-10 staple since its release 15 weeks ago, will assume its highest chart position yet, as it advances to the #2 spot with a 122,000-copy weekly total. And MCs Eminem and Nelly, who have been situated in tandem nearly every week since Nellyville joined The Eminem Show on the chart in late June, will take the #3 and #4 spots, respectively.
Toby Keith's Unleashed, featuring "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," will get a bump following the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The country singer's latest album will advance six places to #5, having sold nearly 5,000 more copies than the week before.
Alan Jackson and his nine-month-old Drive will also make a giant leap. In the two weeks after Jackson set a record by receiving 10 nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, his latest LP, which contains the moving "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," moved from #73 to #57, and after another 41-place hurdle, will sit at #16 next week. The album also more than doubled its weekly sales, from 18,000 to 37,000 in the seven-day period.
The rest of next week's top-10 will consist off Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's The Rising, dropping a spot to #6; Norah Jones' Come Away With Me losing ground to land at #7; Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head slipping to #8; Clipse's Lord Willin' stepping up to #9; and James Taylor's October Road, moving up two spaces to re-enter the cream of the crop at #10.
The emergence of Another Earthquake! looks disastrous for Aaron Carter. The Backstreet bro's fourth full-length album will plummet to #41 (21,000) after making its chart debut at #18.
The week of remembrance didn't usher in many new releases in the rock, pop or hip-hop genres — country crossover Rebecca Lynn Howard's Forgive at #31 and DIY stalwart Ani DiFranco's So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter at #34 are the only notable chart debuts — although a slew of gospel and some country LPs will be interspersed throughout the ranks. Bill Gaither and Gloria will place two LPs in the top 20: Let Freedom Ring at #15 (38,000) and God Bless America at #19 (36,000). Sans his wife, the Gaither Vocal Band's Everything Good will jump 34 spots, from #183 to #149.
Other gospel or contemporary Christian LPs that will surface on next week's chart include Fred Hammond's Speak Those Things: Pol, Chapter 3 at #39; Bebo Norman's Myself When I Am Real at #114; and Chris Tomlin's Not to Us at #162. Meanwhile, Stars & Stripes by country singer Aaron Tippin will premiere at #63.
Singing policeman Daniel Rodriguez will sit at #141 with his debut full-length, Spirit of America. Rodriguez was on duty at the time of the World Trade Center attacks and gained national attention by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Yankee Stadium soon after the tragedy.
Rock, pop and hip-hop will surface toward the tail end of the chart, with Vol. 5 - Radio Disney Jam at #137; Run-DMC's Greatest Hits at #146; Irish pub punks the Dropkick Murphys' Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston MA at #156; melodic hardcore group Boy Sets Fire's Live for Today at #186; and Interpol making its chart debut at #188 with Turn on the Bright Lights, which was released August 20.