LL Cool J Can't Topple Tim McGraw; VMAs Provide Juice On Albums Chart

Ray Charles' posthumous duets album debuts at #2.

Perhaps motivated by his seize-the-day title, Tim McGraw fans helped Live Like You Were Dying top the Billboard albums chart for a second straight week.

The country singer's eighth album sold more than 227,000 copies, according to SoundScan, to land at #1 on next week's chart and enjoy a two-week total just shy of 1 million copies.

McGraw barely managed to stave off the #2 album, Genius Loves Company, by the late soul pioneer Ray Charles. Three months after his death, Charles' collection of duets with Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Elton John, Willie Nelson and others sold more than 202,000 copies.

R&B singer Jill Scott's third album, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2, will come in at #3, with more than 192,000 copies sold, followed by LL Cool J's The DEFinition at #4. The veteran rapper's 11th album sold more than 173,000 copies. By comparison, his previous release, 2002's 10, sold more than 154,000 copies its first week to debut at #2.

Now That's What I Call Music! 16 will hold its place at #5 after selling another 162,000 copies, though its weekly draw is about 25,000 copies less than the week before. Conversely, Prince's Musicology falls two spots, from #7 to #9, though the 87,000 copies it sold last week mark an 11 percent improvement.

The rest of next week's top 10 will find R. Kelly's Happy People/ U Saved Me falling four spots to #6 (while selling more than 126,000 copies), Young Buck's Straight Outta Cashville taking an identical dip to #7 (114,000), Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography slipping two spots to #8 (112,000), and Mase's Welcome Back dropping six places to #10.

Without the objects of their admiration getting much press — and even less that could be considered favorable — the Juggalos united to lift the Insane Clown Posse's Hell's Pit to a #12 debut. Björk's sixth album, Medùlla, will land at #14, three steps higher than Papa Roach's Getting Away With Murder. The Passion of the Christ: Songs, which includes the first solo offering from former Creed singer Scott Stapp alongside contributions from Lauryn Hill and others, will land at #37.

VMA Moonmen and performances also prove lucrative on next week's chart. Usher, one of last Sunday's stars, got a small retail goose for Confessions, which will move down two spots to #11 but sold about 6,000 more copies than a week earlier. Winner and performer Alicia Keys will move up three spots to #25. Kanye West enjoyed the biggest VMA boost, however: The College Dropout nearly doubled its weekly sales on the heels of his performance and will advance 19 places.

Yellowcard's Ocean Avenue will move up seven spots to #31; Terror Squad's True Story will advance nine spots to #56; Jay-Z's The Black Album will leap 23 spots to #85; Outkast's Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below will step up a dozen spots to #90; Stevie Wonder's The Definitive Collection will move up 25 spots to #125, and Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's Kings of Crunk will move from #169 to #128.

Albums that re-entered the top 200 after having left the chart last week include Lenny Kravitz's Baptism (#159) and No Doubt's The Singles 1992-2003 (#179).

Other notable debuts on next week's chart include Lamb of God's Ashes of the Wake at #27, the "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" soundtrack at #43, the Libertines' self-titled second LP at #111, Mastodon's Leviathan at #139 and Danzig's Circle of Snakes at #183.