Three weeks running and the King won't relinquish his throne.
Elvis Presley's Elvis 30 #1 Hits will rule the Billboard albums chart for the third straight week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (October 16). Last week's sales total of more than 205,000 copies pushed Presley's best-of collection past the 1 million mark.
Elvis remains king despite an impressive chart debut from Bon Jovi, whose eighth album, Bounce, will take the #2 position. Thanks to first single "Everyday" and a slew of media moments, including a special Times Square concert to kick off the 2002 NFL season, the New Jersey rockers moved more than 159,000 copies of their follow-up to 2000's Crush.
The Rolling Stones' greatest-hits amalgam, Forty Licks, will drop a spot to #3, selling more than 146,000 last week; while Avril Lavigne's Let Go will re-enter the top five by moving up two places to #4 and selling more than 112,000.
Tom Petty's 13th album of his 26-year career (and 10th with his band the Heartbreakers), The Last DJ, will land at #9 after its first week in stores. Met with favorable reviews, the album, much of which lambastes the music industry, sold more than 74,000 copies, ironically on the back of airplay for the album's title song, a swipe at radio's rampant consolidation.
Elsewhere in next week's top 10, Nelly's Nellyville will move three places ahead to #5; the Dixie Chicks' Home will drop a notch to #6; Eminem's The Eminem Show will step up two spots to #7; Xzibit's Man Vs. Machine will lose five places to land at #8; and American Idol - Greatest Moments, will suffer the greatest setback in the upper echelon, falling six spots to #10.
"The Red" looks to put Chicago rock trio Chevelle in the black. Their second album — and first for a major label — Wonder What's Next, sold more than 60,000 copies out of the gate to occupy the #14 spot.
Jurassic 5 may finally lose the qualifier "underground hip-hop," as the sextet's second album, Power in Numbers, will come in at #15. The follow-up to 2000's Quality Control gave close chase to Chevelle but ultimately fell short by a little more than 1,000 copies.
The greatest gainer on next week's chart, Josh Groban, was reintroduced to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" viewers when the episode in which he was featured was rebroadcast Friday (October 11). And just as it did when it premiered in July, Groban's episode brought a retail goose to his self-titled debut. The album more than doubled its weekly sales, from 21,000 to 45,000, while it will advance 29 spots to #19.
The second coming of J.Lo, Jennifer Love Hewitt, will assume the #37 spot with her third album, Bare Naked. Coinciding with the screening of "The Tuxedo," her feature film co-starring Jackie Chan, and a revealing Rolling Stone cover story, the former "Party of Five" actress moved more than 27,000 copies.
Other notable debuts on next week's chart include Australian six-string slinger Keith Urban's Golden Road at #11; R&B singer Heather Headley's This Is Who I Am at #38; Rasta-friendly rap-rockers Kottonmouth Kings' fifth album, Rollin' Stoned, at #51; Ben Folds' collection of concert cuts Ben Folds Live at #60; Gov't Mule's The Deep End Vol. 2, the jam band's second LP with guest bassists filling in for the late Allen Woody, at #117; Sinead O'Connor's Sean-Nos Nua at #139; and Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas' Not 4 Sale at #181.