Yeah, Usher’s Got The #1 Album Again

Method Man debuts at #2, New Found Glory at #3.

Maybe we should wake you when Usher no longer has the top album in the country.

The more than 213,000 copies of Confessions sold last week will keep the R&B megastar in the #1 position on the next Billboard 200 albums chart, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 26). Bolstered by the hit singles “Yeah!” and “Burn,” the album has spent eight of its nine weeks on shelves in the top slot, with total sales in excess of 3.5 million copies.

Although it is the best-selling album of 2004 so far, Confessions trails behind past albums that have enjoyed the same number of weeks at #1, albeit consecutive. Creed’s Weathered (2001), Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and ‘NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (2000) sold 3.8 million, 4.9 million, and 5.4 million copies, respectively, during their eight weeks on top.

Method Man’s Tical 0: The Prequel, meanwhile, places in the same position the last installment of the Tical trilogy did: #2. Its first-week draw of more than 164,000 copies, however, is significantly less than the 410,000 copies 1998′s Tical 2000: Judgement Day moved in its opening week.

New Found Glory show improvement in both chart position and sales with their fourth album, Catalyst. While its predecessor, Sticks and Stones, bowed at #4 in 2002 with more than 91,000 copies sold, Catalyst enters the chart one notch higher, having sold more than 146,000 copies.

So-Called Chaos, Alanis Morissette’s fourth studio album, comes in at #5 with more than 114,000 copies sold, while country singer Montgomery Gentry’s You Do Your Thing caps off the top-10 debuts at #10, with more than 57,000 in first-week sales.

Last week’s #2 album, country singer Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party, drops two to #4 (more than 138,000 copies sold); D12′s D12 World and Hoobastank’s The Reason make identical shifts downward two spots to #6 (86,000) and #7 (78,000), respectively; 8Ball & MJG’s Living Legends drops five spots to #8 (64,000); and Now That’s What I Call Music! 15 takes a step back to #9 (58,000).

Morrissey hangs his hat at #11 with You Are the Quarry, missing the top 10 by a mere 1,500 copies. The follow-up to 1997′s Maladjusted sold more than 56,000 copies amid a flurry of flattering press and weeklong residencies in New York and Los Angeles.

Coinciding with the #1 movie at the box office, the soundtrack to “Shrek 2,” featuring the Counting Crows’ “Accidentally in Love,” jumps 24 spots to #12 in its second week in stores.

With the risqué video for “Where Are We Runnin’?” in tow, Lenny Kravitz’s seventh album, Baptism, comes in at #14, two spots below where his previous album, Lenny, debuted two years ago.

Other notable additions to the chart include George Michael’s Patience at #29; the soundtrack to “That’s So Raven,” featuring tracks by Lindsay Lohan, Stacie Orrico and Raven herself, at #46; U.K. rapper the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free at #82; Cryptic Collection 3 by Insane Clown Posse protégés Twiztid at #85; the rap trio Juvenile, Wacko and Skip’s Beginning of the End at #122; RJD2′s Since We Last Spoke at #128; Fall Out Boy’s My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue at #153; Guster’s Guster on Ice: Live From Portland Maine at #180; and Gomez’s Split the Difference at #191.