August 31, 2005

Hilary Duff still ‘Most Wanted’ on U.S. charts

By Margo Whitmire

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Teen pop star Hilary Duff found
her "Most Wanted" greatest hits set atop the U.S. album charts
for a second week Wednesday.

The Hollywood Records release sold 101,000 copies in the
week ended August 28, according to data colleected by Nielsen

The 19th installment of "NOW! That's What I Call Music"
(EMI Group/Universal/Sony BMG/Zomba/Capitol) compilation series
rose two places to No. 2 with sales of 96,000 units, while
Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam) held
at No. 3 for a second week with 89,000. The Black Eyed Peas'
"Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope) rose two places to No. 4
with 85,000 copies.

A quiet week for debuts saw Jim Jones' "Harlem: Diary of a
Summer" (Koch) the only top tier entry this week. The rapper
earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position with a No. 5
bow, based on a career-best sales week of 74,000 copies, which
also puts "Harlem" on top of Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Jones, who is a member of hip-hop collective the Diplomats,
last year debuted and peaked at No. 18 with the solo effort "On
My Way to Church." That album moved 44,000 units in its first
week and has so far sold 200,000.

Back on the big chart this week, Brad Paisley's "Time Well
Wasted" (Arista Nashville) slid four places to No. 6 with
70,000 copies, while Young Jeezy's "Let's Get It: Thug
Motivation 101" (Def Jam) rose three to No. 7 with 61,000.

Rounding out the top 10, Gorillaz's "Demon Days"
(Parlophone/Virgin) motored six places to No. 8 with 52,000;
Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) held the No. 9 slot for a
fourth week with 51,000; and Green Day's "American Idiot"
(Reprise) rebounded three to No. 10 with 51,000 units. Although
both Clarkson and Green Day have matching rounded totals, the
former "American Idol" trumps thepunk trio by about 200 copies.

Crazy Frog, the computer animated character that has caused
a sensation overseas, is staking its claim on U.S. shores.
"Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits" (Next Plateau/Universal)
entered the Billboard 200 at No. 19 with sales of 40,000
copies. The set includes a reworked version of Harold
Faltermeyer's "Axel F," a former U.K. chart-topper.

Trick Pony's "R.I.D.E." sold 34,000 copies to open at No.
20 on The Billboard 200 and No. 4 on Billboard's Top Country
Albums chart. The trio's third disc and first for Curb after
two Warner Bros. releases netted its career-best placing on
either chart, as well as its first top 10 on the country tally.

Also starting out in the big chart's top 50 were Neal
McCoy's "That's Life" (903 Music, No. 32); Jack's Mannequin's
"Everything in Transit" (Maverick, No. 37); and Fear Factory's
"Transgression" (Calvin, No. 45). Indie rock act the New
Pornographers also made a big splash with the Matador album
"Twin Cinema" at No. 44; the Canadian group's last set,
"Electric Version," peaked at No. 196 in 2003.

The chart's greatest gainer by far was the Astralwerks
soundtrack "Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends," which
enjoyed an 860% sales increase. The album, which previously
spent just one week on Billboard's Top Soundtracks tally at No.
22, sold 14,000 to enter The Billboard 200 at No. 74. The gain
follows the August 21 finale of the HBO series, which featured
Sia's "Breathe Me" in an emotional montage. That song has
received the most radio airplay of the disc's lineup, which
also boasts cuts from Coldplay, Radiohead and Nina Simone.

Overall U.S. album sales were down 6% from the previous
week at 9.7 million units, down 11% from the same week last
year. Year-to-date sales continue to trail 2004 by 8.3% at 365
million units.