Destiny’s Child’s #1′s Hits — You Guessed It — #1

Retiring R&B group ousts Ashlee Simpson from Billboard's top spot.

Destiny’s Child’s parting gift to fans — the greatest-hits collection #1′s — lives up to its name on the Billboard albums chart, according to the latest SoundScan totals.

#1′s features three new tracks and 13 hit singles — including Billboard Hot 100 winners “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Say My Name,” “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women Part 1.” But before #1′s, Destiny’s Child had only one Billboard 200-topping LP to their credit: 2001′s multiplatinum Survivor, which opened at #1 in 2001 with more than 663,000 copies scanned.

Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle sold over 113,000 copies of #1′s to secure Billboard‘s top prize for the second — and, perhaps, last — time (see “Destiny’s Child Announce Split” ).

#1′s is one of three newcomers to the Billboard 200′s top 10 this week. But neither of the other two debut offerings — from country heartthrob Joe Nichols, who takes #7 with more than 56,000 in sales for his III, and Bette Midler, finishing at #10 after selling 54,000 copies of Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, — posed a genuine threat to Destiny’s Child’s rank. Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons got within reach, climbing two spots to #2 with nearly 102,000 copies sold, followed at #3 by Martina McBride’s Timeless, which racked up close to 92,000 in sales.

Rod Stewart’s Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV, drops two to #4 with sales of 91,000, followed at #5 by the Black Eyed Peas’ Monkey Business with 80,000 scans. A 67 percent drop in week-two sales knocks the previous week’s winner, Ashlee Simpson’s I Am Me, down to #6 with 73,000 copies sold. Kanye West’s Late Registration finishes at #8 after moving 56,000 units, while Bun B’s Trill takes #9 with 55,000 in sales.

Destiny’s Child’s #1′s was one of several career-spanning retrospectives to make the latest Billboard albums chart. The Legend of Johnny Cash, a collection of 21 tracks from the music icon, opens at #11 with more than 50,000 copies sold. The album precedes “Walk the Line,” a Cash biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix that opens November 18. Aerosmith’s Rockin’ The Joint – Live at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, which features live renditions of some of the Boston’s rockers’ biggest tunes, debuts at #24 with 32,000 in sales. And ‘NSYNC’s Greatest Hits, featuring a dozen of the boy band’s chart-topping tracks, takes the #47 spot with sales of over 18,000.

It was a relatively idle week for debut discs, and a slow sales week in general. Simon Cowell creation Il Divo open at #32, with The Christmas Collection moving 25,000 copies, while Demon Hunter’s The Triptych takes the #136 slot with close to 8,000 in sales. Christian rockers Falling Up finish at #173 with 6,000 in sales for Dawn Escapes, followed by DJ Muggs and GZA’s Grandmasters at #180. Children of Bodom’s Are You Dead Yet? comes in at #195 with over 5,000 copies sold.

See the feature “Destiny’s Child: A Look Back” for more on the trio’s farewell.