Hilary Duff Still Most Wanted As LP Holds At #1

Compilation tops Billboard albums chart despite 51 percent sales decrease.

Hilary Duff’s latest offering, a collection of hit tracks and new cuts appropriately dubbed Most Wanted, maintained its hold over the Billboard albums chart despite moving only half as many copies as it had the previous week.

Scans of just over 101,000 were all Duff needed to keep the top spot, as Most Wanted spends a second straight week on top, according to the latest SoundScan totals. Duff’s disc outsold the 19th chapter in the Now That’s What I Call Music! series — featuring the likes of Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, the Killers, Shakira and Coldplay — by just over 5,000 copies.

Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi sits tight at the chart’s #3 slot with sales of close to 89,000, followed by the Black Eyed Peas’ Monkey Business, up two spots to #4 with 85,000 copies leaving record-store shelves.

It wasn’t an especially arresting week for debuts, with the highest-charting new entry, Harlem: Diary of a Summer from Diplomats’ Jim Jones, opening as Billboard’s #5 disc with sales of more than 74,000. British novelty act Crazy Frog’s Crazy Hits was Jones’ closest competitor in the debuts category, and takes the chart’s #19 slot with scans of 40,000 and change; the album’s single, “Axel F,” started out as a ringtone and eventually blossomed into one of Europe’s fastest moneymakers. Time will tell if the craze will sink or swim after crossing the pond.

Something Corporate frontman Andrew McMahon’s side project, Jack’s Mannequin, opens at #37, with sales for that band’s debut, Everything in Transit, coming in at just over 22,000. The New Pornographers’ Twin Cinema takes the chart’s #44 with more than 19,000 scans. Fear Factory’s latest, Transgression, comes in at #45 with sales of close to 19,000. Death Row’s Kurupt finds himself at #60, with nearly 16,000 copies of his latest, Against Tha Grain, leaving stores. Every Time I Die’s Gutter Phenomenon is in at #71, with more than 14,000 in debut-week sales. The Bled’s Found in the Flood follows at #87, selling more than 12,000, while Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Howl finishes at #90 with just under 12,000 scans. All Star Smash Hits, a retrospective release from Smash Mouth, comes in at #96 with 11,000 plus copies sold.

Brad Paisley, who spent the previous week on Duff’s heels, slips four spots to #6 with his Time Well Wasted. Young Jeezy’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 climbs three spots to #7 with more than 61,000 copies of the disc sold. Demon Days, the latest from animated rock troupe and MTV Video Music Award winners the Gorillaz, checks in at #8 with sales just shy of the 52,000 mark, followed by fellow Moonman owner Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway, which became a million seller three times over with nearly 51,000 scans recorded this time out. VMA dominating punkers Green Day round out the top 10 with American Idiot, which inches its way up three spots with week-49 sales of nearly 51,000.

Staind’s Chapter V drops five spots to #12, close behind Faith Hill’s 11th place finishing Fireflies, while Coldplay’s X&Y clings to the top 15, taking the chart’s #13 with over 47,000 scans. Fall Out Boy’s From Under the Cork Tree jumps three spots to #14 with 45,000 plus scans. And Gwen Stefani’s Love, Angel, Music, Baby is in at #15 with more than 44,000 copies sold.

Check out “Hilary Duff: The Nicest Brat” for a closer look at the chart champ. And for a feature on the chart’s #7 finisher, check out “Young Jeezy: Putting His Mouth Where His Money Is.”