Ashlee Bounced From Top

Now 16 claims Number One slot from Simpson

August 25, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Ashlee Simpson surrendered her Number One chart position to the compilation Now That's What I Call Music! 16 this week, continuing the recent weekly back-and-forth battle. Simpson's Autobiography sold 164,000 copies, a significant drop in sales after selling 260,000 last week. Now 16 sold 207,000 copies in its fourth week on the charts.

Prince's Musicology bounded up from Number Nine last week to this week's Number Three slot with 99,000 copies sold. And this week's big debut comes from the Snoop Dogg/Nate Dogg/Warren G rap collective 213, whose disc Hard Way hit Number Four, selling 95,000 copies. Jailed rapper Shyne, who debuted at Number Three last week, lost more than his phone privileges as his Godfather Buried (67,000) dropped to Number Seven. This week's only other top ten debut came from crooner Ryan Cabrera, whose Take It All Away hit Number Eight with 66,000 copies sold.

Rock act Maroon 5's Songs About Jane had a sales surge this week, rocketing from Number Twelve to Number Six (72,000). The band has been on the charts for sixty-seven weeks now. Avril Lavigne strolled from Number Ten to Number Nine, selling 64,000 copies of her album Under My Skin.

Next week expect troubled R&B singer R. Kelly to debut big. His whopper, the double-disc Happy People/U Saved Me, was released to critical praise and news of his upcoming tour with rapper Jay-Z.

This week's Top Ten: Now That's What I Call Music! 16; Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography; Prince's Musicology; 213's Hard Way; Usher's Confessions; Maroon 5's Songs About Jane; Shyne's Godfather Buried; Ryan Cabrera's Take It All Away; Avril Lavigne's Under My Skin; and Big and Rich's Horse of a Different Color.

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