One week after being bumped from the #1 spot on the Billboard albums chart, the Game is right back at the top of the heap.
His album, The Documentary, sold more than 190,000 copies to reclaim the crown on next week's chart, according to SoundScan. The Game's performance at cash registers last week also means he's sold more than a million copies in just three weeks.
Following the Game is soul legend Tina Turner, who notched the week's highest debut by selling more than 121,000 copies of All The Best, her double-disc greatest-hits anthology. Green Day are next at #3, selling more than 112,000 copies of their American Idiot album. In its 20th week of release, Idiot shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon — it's now sold more than 2.9 million copies and will probably pass 3 million this week.
Last week's chart champ, Kenny Chesney, falls to #4, selling more than 109,000 copies of his Be As You Are album. The record suffered a 65 percent drop in sales in its second week of release. Up next, John Legend holds at #5 by selling more than 93,000 copies last week of his debut album, Get Lifted.
Coming in at #6 are the newly re-formed Mötley Crüe, who scored the week's second-highest debut by selling more than 90,000 copies of their two-disc anthology Red, White & Crüe. It's the band's highest debut since their Generation Swine album bowed at #4 way back in 1997.
Eminem's Encore is next at #7, selling more than 85,000 copies and inching closer to the 4-million mark. And inspired by an early bout of Grammy fever among record buyers, the 2005 Grammy Nominees compilation — featuring cuts from artists like Kanye West, Green Day and Usher — sold more than 78,000 copies to debut at #8.
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz follow at #9, selling more than 69,000 copies of their Crunk Juice album. And what would the Billboard top 10 be without Usher? Mr. Entertainment's Confessions album sold more than 68,000 copies to land at #10.
Notable debuts on next week's chart include Kanye West's Chicago cohorts Do or Die at #40 with D.O.D., More Music From "Ray," the second album of music taken from the film "Ray," at #46 and SoCal punk dudes Unwritten Law's Here's to the Mourning at #51.
It's All About Ray
Everywhere you look, much-deserved tributes to the late Ray Charles continue to crop up. His final album, Genius Loves Company, is nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and a tribute to his life and music is planned for the show's broadcast on Sunday (February 13). The biopic "Ray" is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture of the Year. And the soundtracks to that film continue to make splash on the Billboard charts. As mentioned above, More Music From "Ray" opens next week at #46, but the real news is the success of the first volume of tunes from the film. The "Ray": Original Motion Picture Soundtrack posts an incredible 130-percent increase in sales (from more than 23,000 to more than 52,000) on next week's chart, and leaps 27 positions up the chart (from #43 to #16). The sales boost also moved the soundtrack to total sales of more than 909,000 copies in its 16th week of release.
Not So Bright ...
Lauded last week for their unprecedented chart success (two albums in the top 15), Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst and his cohorts are now looking at the harsh reality of the second-week sales slump. Last week's #10 album, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning suffered a 47 percent drop in sales, and falls to #37. And Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, last week's #15 album, was hit with a 55 percent sales dip, and falls all the way to #55 on next week's chart. Still, it's nothing to sneeze at for two albums released on the small Omaha, Nebraska-based indie Saddle Creek Records.