Chart Roundup: Johnny Cash, Rise Against, Busta Rhymes

July 12, 2006 1:09 PM ET

• Johnny Cash's American V: Hundred Highways entered the charts at Number One, selling 88,336 copies in its first week and narrowly edging out Nelly Furtado's Loose for the top spot. This is Cash's first Number One album since 1969's At San Quentin.

The Sufferer & The Witness, the third album from Warped Tour heroes Rise Against, made a strong debut, selling 48,327 copies in its first week and grabbing the Number 10 spot.

• Busta Rhymes' The Big Bang plunged to Number 17 from number 8 last week, with sales of only 36,648 compared with 57,789 the week before.

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