It's good to be the Boss.
Bruce Springsteen's The Rising, the LP that reunites him with the entire E Street Band after an 18-year estrangement, will remain at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week.
The blue-collar balladeer's follow-up to 1995's Ghost of Tom Joad, and his first album with the band since 1984's Born in the U.S.A., sold more than 238,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (August 14).
Though that's more than a 50 percent dip from the previous week's total, The Rising was still able to best Nelly's Nellyville, which carried a 208,000 weekly sales tally. Nipping at the St. Louis rapper's heels was The Eminem Show at #3 with more than 172,000 copies sold. Both hip-hop LPs continue their extended stays in the chart's upper echelons thanks in part to new singles, "Dilemma" and "Cleaning Out My Closet," respectively, hitting their strides at radio.
Scarface's Fix, boosted by its first single, "On My Block," debuts at #4 after selling more than 159,000 copies. "Thug" lover Trick Daddy's Thug Holiday lands at #6 with more than 129,000 copies sold. (The gold-grilled Florida rapper's fifth album follows in the finely titled tradition of 1998's www.thug.com, 2000's Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47 and 2001's Thugs Are Us.) Project Pat's Layin' Da Smack Down touches down at #12 with more than 68,000 copies sold.
The double-album soundtrack to "XXX" completes the chart's top 20 debuts with a #11 placement. Mixing hip-hop with hard rock, the audio companion to the Vin Diesel action flick sold more than 76,000 copies and features the previously unreleased Nelly track "Stick Out Ya Wrist."
Sultry R&B singer Amerie may only have a brief affair with the chart's upper reaches rather than a long-lasting relationship. Her debut, All I Have, takes the largest dive of any top 20 album, slipping from #9 to #17 with a sales loss of about 40,000 copies after only its second week in stores.
Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 10 (134,000) drops a spot to #5; Linkin Park's Reanimation (125,000) slips from #2 to #5; and Toby Keith's Unleashed (121,000) falls two places to #8.
Rounding out the top 10, Avril Lavigne's Let Go (114,000) takes a step back to #9, while former #1 LP Busted Stuff (100,000) by the Dave Matthews Band drops three places to #10. Both albums' sales pushed their totals past the 1 million mark.
With almost all album sales down from the previous week, the only LP in the top 100 that witnessed an increase in sales was N.E.R.D's In Search Of, which moves up 10 spots to #76 with a nearly 2,500-copy bump.
Other notable chart debuts include DJ Sammy's Heaven at #67; Riddlin' Kids' Hurry Up & Wait at #84; No Secrets' self-titled debut at #136; Sasha's Airdrawndagger at #157; Meshuggah's Nothing at #165; and Cage's Movies for the Blind at #193.