Norah Jones is the new Billboard albums chart P.I.M.P. Next week, her Feels Like Home will hold the #1 slot for the fourth week in a row, besting 50 Cent, whose 2003 record Get Rich or Die Tryin’ had a three-week run at #1. Nelly also had a three-week spree with Nellyville last year.
The top ranking makes Jones the artist with the most weeks in a row at #1 since Eminem’s astounding five-week string with 2002’s The Eminem Show. Feels Like Home sold 204,000 more copies last week, bringing Jones’ one-month total to over 1,900,000 copies, according to SoundScan.
Jessica Simpson fans flocked to stores last week to buy the re-release of her album In This Skin, placing her in the #2 position with almost 160,000 in sales. That’s nearly 100,000 more than the disc sold when it originally debuted at #10 last August. The reissue features three bonus songs — covers of Robbie Williams’ “Angels” and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” (originally included in the 1986 film “Top Gun”) and an acoustic version of “Without You.” But the real selling point might be the bonus DVD, which includes footage from “Newlyweds” and Nick and Jessica’s wedding.
Climbing back up one slot to #3 is Evanescence’s Fallen, which sold nearly 118,000 more copies. Kanye West’s College Dropout will drop two positions to #4 with 107,000 moved and Kenny Chesney will hold fast at #5 with nearly 90,000 sold. Fewer than 1,000 copies will separate Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below and Josh Groban’s Closer, which will flip-flop the #6 and #7 chart positions respectively (77,000 and 76,000).
The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Sheryl Crow’s Very Best of Sheryl Crow (73,000) at #8, Twista’s Kamikaze at #9 (almost 70,000) and Eamon’s I Don’t Want You Back at #10 (nearly 67,000).
The highest debut will go to eccentric rapper Cee-Lo, whose Cee-Lo Green … Is the Soul Machine will check in at #13 with almost 56,000 sold. The album, his follow-up to 2002’s Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, features production by Timbaland, the Neptunes, Organized Noize and DJ Premier.
Tha Down Low, a compilation for dimming the lights and getting down, will debut at #22 with over 39,000 sold. Emo darlings Get Up Kids will chart well with their fourth album, Guilt Show, which debuts at #58 with sales of nearly 22,000 copies.
One of the most dramatic ascents will go to the soundtrack to “Cold Mountain.” Credit Academy Award performances of the album’s songs “Scarlet Tide” and “You Will Be My Ain True Love” for the 176 percent sales increase (to over 23,000 copies) and 108-position chart leap.
And in its second week, ’NSYNC member JC Chasez’s solo album Schizophrenic will plummet 65 slots to #82 on sales of 15,000 copies, making it the hardest-hit album in the top 100.