A decade’s worth of bad boys couldn’t break a 25-year-old piano player’s five-week grip on the top spot of the Billboard albums chart.
Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary … The Hits will place second to Norah Jones’ Feels Like Home, which sold more than 182,000 copies, according to SoundScan, to claim the top spot on next week’s chart. In five weeks, Jones’ second album has already cracked the 2 million mark in total sales.
P. Diddy’s hip-hop history lesson, which features contributions from Notorious B.I.G., 112, Mase, Craig Mack and Diddy himself, sold just under 150,000 copies.
After 22 months on store shelves, only the last 44 weeks of which were spent on the chart, Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane will enter the top 10 for the first time at #7 from their previously held position at #11. Another 67,000 copies sold last week brings their debut’s total to over a million.
While Maroon 5 will climb four notches, Outkast move the same distance in the other direction. At #10, having sold more than 65,000 copies, Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below is dangerously close to vacating the top 10, where the double album has resided since it was released 25 weeks ago.
The remainder of the top 10 will find Jessica Simpson’s In This Skin taking a step back to #3 (with more than 115,000 copies sold); Evanescence’s Fallen doing the same to #4 (107,000); Kenny Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down holding onto #5 (95,000) for the third straight week; Kanye West’s The College Dropout dropping a couple of notches to #6 (95,000); and Closer by Josh Groban and The Very Best of Sheryl Crow each falling a spot, to #8 (66,000) and #9 (65,000), respectively.
All the media hype surrounding its remixes has given Jay-Z’s The Black Album a 10 percent rise in weekly sales that will yield a seven-spot goose up the charts. Jigga’s supposed swan song will place at #16, with total sales topping 2.1 million.
Goodie Mob alum Cee-Lo will suffer the most dramatic decline among top-40 albums. After debuting at #13 by selling more than 55,000 copies in its first week, Cee-Lo Green … Is the Soul Machine will drop 22 places to #35, while its weekly sales diminished by nearly 50 percent. Conversely, rockers Hoobastank get the gold star for greatest improvement. The band’s second album, The Reason, enters the top 40 at #38 from its previous perch at #52. The 27,000 copies it sold last week is a 21 percent improvement from the week before.
Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include hair-metal throwbacks Tesla’s first studio album in a decade, Into the Now at #31; jangly twang quartet Cross Canadian Ragweed’s second major-label LP, Soul Gravy, at #51; Los Angeles rapper Suga Free’s second album, New Testament, at #72; Here Come the Brides, the debut from Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx’s new band, Brides of Destruction, at #92; much-hyped hipster quartet Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut at #164; the soundtrack to “Starsky & Hutch” at #180; and Pawn Shoppe Heart, by Jack White’s crosstown rivals the Von Bondies, at #197.