Lloyd Banks Hangs Onto #1 Chart Slot

Usher comes in at #2 once again.

Lloyd Banks has an insatiable appetite for leaving his competition in the dust.

The rapper's The Hunger for More will spend its second week at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Banks sold more than 163,000 copies of his debut album last week, bringing his total sales to more than 599,000, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (July 14).

Usher has taken a backseat to chart newcomers for the past few weeks, and spends his fifth consecutive week in the #2 spot. In its 16th week in stores, Confessions sold more than 131,000 copies.

Jadakiss, meanwhile, holds strong at #4 for the second week in a row with his Kiss of Death, despite a 33 percent drop in album sales from the week before.

A number of albums in the top 10 make impressive leaps up the chart this week with only minor spikes in album sales. A sales increase of just over 1,000 copies from the week before takes Gretchen Wilson's Here for the Party from #8 to #3. Avril Lavigne's Under My Skin rejoins the top 10, climbing from #11 to #5 with an increase of just over 1,000 copies as well.

Country duo Big & Rich jump nine spots from #13 to #6 with sales of Horse of a Different Color. Velvet Revolver fans, meanwhile, seem to be experiencing fairly large mood swings as Contraband fell off the top-10 wagon last week, dropping from #9 to #14, but leaps from #14 to #8 this week.

The soundtrack to "Spider-Man 2" swings up from the #9 to the #7 spot despite an 11 percent decrease in sales, while the Beastie Boys' To the 5 Boroughs drops three spots from #9 to #6 with a sales decrease of 26 percent.

Los Lonely Boys' self-titled album rounds out the top 10, landing at #10 with sales of more than 65,000.

Chart newcomers had it rough this week and were unable to crack the top 10. Angie Stone's Stone Love bows at #14 with sales of more than 52,000, and "Nashville Star" winner Brad Cotter's Patient Man enters at #27 with more than 34,000 copies sold.

With the marked drop in album sales all around, some artists felt the slump more than others. Brandy's Afrodisiac failed to excite fans in its second week in stores, dropping from #3 to #15 with a 64 percent decrease in sales. Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter plummets from #5 to #13 with a 54 percent decrease. The Cure's self-titled effort slides from #7 to #23 with a 55 percent drop in sales.

A few notable exceptions to the overall decline, however, include the Black Eyed Peas' Elephunk, which jumps 11 spots from #27 to #16; the Killers' Hot Fuss, which rises from #99 to #76; and the album that almost wasn't, Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits, which ascends from #51 to #21.