Ashlee Simpson Retakes Top Spot On Albums Chart

Princess Diaries 2 snares highest debut at #27.

After a week of looking up from the second spot, Ashlee Simpson will be back on top on next week’s Billboard albums chart.

Simpson moved more than 285,000 copies of Autobiography last week, according to SoundScan, to retake the #1 slot, a position she had held the week after her debut was released July 20. After three weeks, Jessica Simpson’s younger sister has sold more than 955,000 copies.

Autobiography‘s reclamation will push last week’s top album, Now That’s What I Call Music! 16, down to the #2 spot on sales of more than 275,000 copies. Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill, featuring collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and George Strait, continues to have strong sales: Despite losing about 13 percent of its weekly draw, the LP will take a step forward to #3, with sales of more than 101,000 copies.

With two singles, “My Happy Ending” and “Don’t Tell Me,” at radio, Avril Lavigne’s 11-week-old Under My Skin will land at #6, up five spots from last week’s #11 spot. Lavigne’s second album sold more than 73,000 copies last week for a 1.3 million total.

Prince and Maroon 5 follow Lavigne’s lead in re-entering the top 10. An eight-spot leap to #7 makes Prince’s Musicology the top-10′s greatest gainer, with more than 73,000 copies sold, a 21 percent increase from last week’s numbers. Maroon 5 don’t fare quite as well, but their 13 percent spike, due to their tour with John Mayer and popularity of the single “She Will Be Loved,” is nonetheless notable. The band’s debut, Songs About Jane, will advance seven spots to #10, with more than 60,000 copies sold.

Next week’s top 10 also finds Usher’s Confessions moving up one notch to #4 (with more than 95,000 copies sold); Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party doing the same to #5 (89,000); Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color doing a two-step up to #8 (70,000); and Los Lonely Boys’ self-titled debut rising three rungs to #9 (62,000).

The only new album to land in the top 40 was the soundtrack to the Anne Hathaway movie “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” Bolstered by songs from Lindsay Lohan, Avril Lavigne, Pink and Kelly Clarkson (who contributes the album’s first single, “Breakaway”) the 14-track album will come in at #27.

Other significant strides on next week’s chart were made by Linkin Park’s Meteora, which jumps up nine spots to return to the top 40 at #40 as their Projekt Revolution Tour gets into full swing; and Lil Scrappy and Trillville’s crunk double-team King of Crunk and BME Recordings Present: Lil Scrappy & Trillville, which catapults up 20 spots to #58.

Furthering the chart’s crunk factor, Crime Mob’s self-titled debut will bow at #90; while Ozzfest alums Nonpoint’s fourth album, Recoil, will come in at #115 to round out the notable new albums.