The closest competition Nelly will face on next week’s Billboard albums chart comes from the St. Lunatic leader himself. Having simultaneously released two albums last week, the St. Louis MC has a lock on the #1 and #2 spots.
It’s Suit that trumps Sweat, by more than 54,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The album featuring the smash single “My Place” (with Jaheim) sold more than 395,000 copies to take the top slot, while its companion moved more than 341,000 copies on the strength of the suggestive single “Flap Your Wings.”
Nelly’s two-album total barely pushes past the first-week sales of his last album, Nellyville, which in June 2002 also debuted at #1, with 23,000 fewer copies.
Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying will drop a notch to run a distant third, with more than 121,000 copies sold. It’ll be followed by Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company, which also takes a step back, to #4. The late soul pioneer’s duets album sold more than 113,000 copies.
For the fourth week straight, the immovable object that is Now That’s What I Call Music! 16 will remain at #5. The more than 100,000 copies it sold last week brings its eight-week total up to 1.8 million. Ashlee Simpson will also hold on to her old place at #6, as Autobiography tacked on another 75,000 to its total.
Although it sold slightly fewer copies last week than the week prior, Maroon 5′s Songs About Jane managed to climb back into the top 10 by sidling up three spots to #8 and moving more than 63,000 copies. Usher, too, will make some forward progress, as Confessions takes a two-step shimmy up to #10, with more than 61,000 copies.
The remainder of next week’s top 10 finds last week’s top album, Alan Jackson’s What I Do, dropping to #7, with more than 71,000 copies sold; and Anita Baker’s My Everything moving from #4 to #9 with more than 63,000 copies sold.
Aside from the Nellys, the next new album to make the chart is from heavy-metal vets Megadeth. The band’s 10th album will land at #18. Two notches later, Los Angeles’ Irish punks Flogging Molly will place at #20 with Within a Mile of Home.
While the single “1985″ is keeping Bowling for Soup part of the pop vernacular a year and a half after earning a Grammy nomination for their last album, 2002′s Drunk Enough to Dance, it didn’t immediately translate into massive album sales for the Wichita Falls, Texas, quartet. Their fourth album, A Hangover You Don’t Deserve, will debut at #37.
Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include Tears for Fears’ reunion album, and first in nine years, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, at #46; the TV series soundtrack Will & Grace: Let the Music Out! at #57; electronica act the Prodigy’s Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned at #62; Gov’t Mule’s Deja Voodoo at #88; the Faint’s Wet From Birth at #99; and the Thrills’ Let’s Bottle Bohemia at #153.