Hilary Duff Scores First Billboard #1 With Most Wanted LP

Compilation of hits and new tracks sold nearly 208,000 copies its first week out.

Hilary Duff has racked up her share of screen and radio hits, but when it came to the Billboard albums chart, she was never a bona fide #1, as her first two albums — 2003′s Metamorphosis and 2004′s self-titled outing — both debuted at #2.

Most Wanted — a compilation disc mixing Duff’s biggest hits with current “TRL” favorite “Wake Up” and other new tracks — lived up to its name its first week out. The collection sold close to 208,000 copies to become Duff’s best-performing debut and opens as Billboard‘s #1 album, edging out country singer Brad Paisley’s Time Well Wasted and Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi, according to the latest SoundScan figures.

Paisley’s latest debuts at #2, with scans of nearly 193,000, followed by Mimi, which moved close to 109,000 copies this time out and has sold more than 3 million copies over its 19 weeks in release. Coming in right behind Mariah — with more than 108,000 week-five scans — is the 19th installment in the Now That’s What I Call Music! franchise, featuring tracks from Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Destiny’s Child and Coldplay.

The week’s third-best debut belongs to Omaha, Nebraska, funk-rock outfit 311, whose eighth studio effort, Don’t Tread on Me, takes the chart’s #5 with first-week sales of more than 91,000. The album is topped in 311′s chart history by 1997′s Transistor, which moved more than 128,000 copies and came in at #4 its first week out.

The Black Eyed Peas’ Monkey Business grabs #6 this time around, moving more than 82,000 copies. Staind’s Chapter V, last week’s #1, took a 59 percent drop in sales, hitting #7 with over 76,000 scans. Faith Hill’s Fireflies comes in at #8 with close to 73,000 scans, followed by Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway, which sold over 62,000 copies to capture #9. Young Jeezy’s Let’s Get It moved 61,000 units, taking the chart’s #10 slot.

The Killers’ Hot Fuss jumps 18 chart positions this week to #11 with 60,000 scans — an 88 percent sales spike. Coldplay’s X&Y falls five spots to #12 with sales of 59,000 and change, followed by Green Day’s American Idiot, which sold more than 52,000 copies last week and has moved over 4 million since its release.

The latest outing from the Gorillaz, Demon Days, takes this week’s #14 with close to 52,000 scans, just in front of the debut disc from the Click Five, Greetings From Imerie House, which opens at #15 with first-week sales of nearly 52,000. Country trio Rascal Flatts takes the chart’s #16, moving more than 51,000 copies of their latest, Feels Like Today, followed by Fall Out Boy’s From Under the Cork Tree, which netted week-16 scans of close to 49,000. Bow Wow’s Wanted follows at #18 with sales of more than 45,000. Sugarland’s Twice The Speed Of Life is it at #19 with 44,000 scans, and #20 finisher Gwen Stefani’s Love, Angel, Music, Baby sold more than 43,000 copies.

The chart is teeming with noteworthy debuts, including Taproot’s Blue-Sky Research at #33 with close to 28,000 scans, Silverstein’s Discovering the Waterfront at #34 with 26,000 plus sales, and singing sisters Aly and AJ’s debut disc Into the Rush at #36, with 24,000 scans. 10 Years’ Autumn Effect takes #72 with 14,000 copies sold, while the Soopa Villianz debut Furious finishes at #92 with 11,000 plus scans. Christian metal act Stryper’s Reborn, pre-ordered copies of which included an autographed Bible, opens as the chart’s #111, with close to 9,500.

Check out “Hilary Duff: The Nicest Brat” for more on the chart champ. And see “Click Five Winning Over Soccer Moms On Ashlee Simpson Tour” for a profile on the band that scored #15.