Dashboard Leave High Mark On Albums Chart; 50 Falls From Grace

Country singer Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits Volume II to take top spot on chart next week.

Maybe honesty really is the best policy ... for placing high on a Billboard chart.

The unabashedly sincere Dashboard Confessional's third studio album, A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar, will come in at #2 on next week's Billboard albums chart. Sales of more than 122,000 copies affords the follow-up to 2001's The Places You Have Come to Fear Most a first runner-up slot, right behind Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits Volume II.

The most popular country singer of the last decade after Garth Brooks sold more than 328,000 copies of his third best-of set, according to SoundScan, to place above all others on next week's chart.

Hip-hop collective State Property's The Chain Gang Vol. 2 will be the only other top-10 debut. Boasting a cameo by none other than Dirt McGirt (a.k.a. Ol' Dirty Bastard), the Rock-A-Fella platform sold more than 69,000 copies to come in at #6.

The rest of the top 10 finds former four-week champ, the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack, at #3 (106,000); Evanescence's Fallen dropping a notch to #4 (75,000); Beyoncé's Dangerously in Love doing the same to #5 (70,000); Chingy's Jackpot slipping two places to #7 (66,000); the Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 13 compilation falling six spots to #8 (64,000); Norah Jones' Come Away With Me moving from #7 to #9 (56,000); and the soundtrack to "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" re-entering the top 10 at #10 (55,000), thanks to the promotion surrounding the film's home-video release.

"Lizzie McGuire" star Hilary Duff, meanwhile, tops the singles chart with "So Yesterday," a song appearing on her forthcoming LP, Metamorphosis, which drops next week.

Chart-watchers will find something amiss in the top 10 for the first time in six months: 50 Cent. Get Rich or Die Tryin' will vacate the upper echelon for the first time since its release in February. The best-selling album of the year, at 5.7 million and counting, will slide from #6 to #11, while adding another 54,000 copies to its total.

The fourth volume in the successful Kidz Bop Kids series, featuring kid-sung covers of Avril's "Sk8er Boi," J.Lo's "Jenny From the Block" and Justin's "Cry Me a River," will come in at #14. Thyrty: The 30th Anniversary Collection, a greatest- hits set to celebrate southern rockers' Lynyrd Skynyrd's three-decade insistence that the letter "y" can, too, be used as a vowel, will land at #16, thanks to being filled with favorites such as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Gimme Three Steps."

The #1 film in the country has the #25 album to accompany it. The soundtrack to "Freddy Vs. Jason," which features cuts from Slipknot, Sevendust and Sepultura, sold more than 31,000 copies.

Other notable chart debuts include Legacy: The Absolute Best of the Doors at #63; Goodie Mob member Big Gipp's Mutant Mindframe at #162; Pat Benatar's first album in six years, Go, at #188; and the soundtrack to "The Cheetah Girls," featuring its star, Raven-Symone, and 3LW members Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams, at #194.