Shyne Not Bright Enough To Boot Ashlee From Top Of Albums Chart

Mobb Deep, Alter Bridge, Houston enjoy strong debuts.

Despite the arrival of three new albums in the top 10, the top two LPs on next week’s Billboard albums chart won’t budge, allowing Ashlee Simpson’s Autobiography to retain the #1 spot for the second straight week.

In its four weeks on sale, Simpson’s debut, which moved another 263,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan, has been on top for three of them, selling more than 1.2 million along the way. It slipped to #2 two weeks ago to let Now That’s What I Call Music! 16 assume the position.

Now will now slip to #2, having sold more than 247,000 copies. In its three-week shelf life, the hits compilation — with contributions from Outkast, D12 and Beyoncé — has sold more than 1 million copies.

Shyne’s Godfather Buried Alive leads the pack of new albums by selling more than 157,000 to come in at #3. The album was recorded while the rapper was incarcerated at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility, where he continues to serve a 10-year-sentence for his role in a 1999 shooting that involved P. Diddy. Though Shyne said that the album’s quality transcends its prison cachet, he did admit it’s a bit of a curiosity when an MC spits behind bars.

“If people didn’t feel the music I made, they wouldn’t be interested,” he said. “But you see a lifestyle. You see what I do and then go back and listen to the record, then you see, ‘OK, he really did that.’ It brings a bit more reality and a bit more truth to it … But if [the single 'Jimmy Choo'] wasn’t a good song, it wouldn’t matter.”

Mobb Deep’s sixth album, Amerikaz Night Mare, the Queensbridge duo’s follow-up to 2001′s Infamy, will trail Shyne at #4, having sold more than 108,000 copies. At #5, Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips make their return to the chart’s upper reaches with Alter Bridge’s One Day Remains, the first post-Creed offering since the group broke up earlier this year. While a far cry from the Creed-size numbers the guitarist and drummer are used to, One Day Remains, fronted by the single, “Open Your Eyes,” still moved a respectable 95,000 copies.

The rest of the top 10 finds Usher’s Confessions falling two spots to #6 (with more than 88,000 copies sold); Jimmy Buffett’s License to Chill slipping four spots to #7 (77,000); Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party moving from #5 to #8 while cracking the 1.5 million mark in total sales with last week’s 76,000-copy tally; Prince’s Musicology dropping a pair of rungs to #9 (73,000); and Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin dropping four places to #10 (70,000).

Riding the wave of the single “I Like That,” which features Chingy and Nate Dogg, smooth crooner Houston will debut at #14 with his first album, It’s Already Written.

Elsewhere, Maroon 5′s Songs About Jane lands at #12, while the soundtrack to “The Princess Diaries 2,” driven by the Kelly Clarkson single “Breakaway,” will take an 11-spot leap up to #16. And Jessica Simpson’s In This Skin increased its weekly sales by 19 percent to re-enter the top 20 at #20, up from its previous spot at #26.

Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include Kidz Bop Kids Vol. 6, the latest in the line of records featuring children covering pop songs, at #23; the compilation Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2, featuring Green Day, Foo Fighters and No Doubt, at #45; Sammy Hagar’s Definitive Collection at #75; the “Garden State” soundtrack, featuring Coldplay, Nick Drake and the Shins, at #125; Rise Against’s Siren Song of the Counter Culture at #136; and Mystikal’s best-of set, Prince of the South … The Hits, at #140.