In a modest sales week, Destiny's Child took the top spot on the chart this week, with their hits compilation and DualDisc #1's selling 113,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is ostensibly the last release from the soon-to-disband superstar R&B trio -- but we all know better. In second place are Canadian rockers Nickelback, whose latest effort, the former chart-topper All the Right Reasons, climbed back up two spots, with another 102,000 CDs sold.
Country singer Martina McBride's sixth studio album, Timeless, held onto Number Three, with another 92,000 copies sold. The fourth installment of Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook, Thanks for the Memory, dropped two spots to Number Four (91,000), while the Black Eyed Peas' long-standing blockbuster, Monkey Business, in stores for months, continued yo-yoing up and down the Top Ten: up three places this week, to Number Five (80,000).
Last week's chart-topper, Ashlee Simpson's second album and second consecutive Number One record, I Am Me, dropped five places to Number Six, selling significantly fewer copies in just its second week out: 73,000 CDs, compared to its opening week sales of 220,000. This indicates that the younger Simpson sister's latest lacks the staying power of her first release: 2004's Autobiography, which moved nearly twice that amount in its debut week, and placed Number One in three non-consecutive weeks.
On the hip-hop front, superstar Kanye West's platinum-selling sophomore effort, Late Registration, sold another 56,000 CDs to climb back up two places to Number Eight. And Dirty South rapper Bun-B's debut, Trill, fell three spots in its second week to Number Nine (55,000).
Other big debuts this week include Arkansas-born country man Joe Nichols' third major-label studio album, III, which sold 57,000 copies to bow at a crossover career high of Number Seven. Meanwhile, pop diva Bette Midler's Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook moved 55,000 units to debut at Number Ten. The best-of compilation The Legend of Johnny Cash sold 50,000 copies on the strength of the upcoming Hollywood Cash biopic, Walk the Line, to bow at Number Eleven. And Aerosmith's live DualDisc, Rockin' the Joint: Live at the Hard Rock Hotel, opened at Number Twenty-Four (32,000).
Sliding down the chart this week were Alicia Keys' Unplugged album, a former Number One, which fell three spots to drop from the Top Ten to Number Twelve (49,000), and soul legend Stevie Wonder's first album in a decade, A Time to Love. Guest spots from Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney and Prince couldn't keep Wonder in the Top Ten: The album fell eight places in its second week out, to Number Thirteen (47,000). And Eighties synth pop oufit Depeche Mode's latest, Playing the Angel, dropped eleven spots to Number Eighteen (38,000).
Next week, expect Santana to do some damage. The guitar virtuoso's last studio album, 2002's Shaman, grabbed the top spot, and his latest, All That I Am, with guests including Mary J. Blige, OutKast's Big Boi, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Metallica's Kirk Hammett, threatens to do the same.
This week's Top Ten: Destiny's Child's #1's; Nickelback's All the Right Reasons; Martina McBride's Timeless; Rod Stewart's Thanks for the Memory . . . The Great American Songbook IV; Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business; Ashlee Simpson's I Am Me; Joe Nichols' III; Kanye West's Late Registration; Bun-B's Trill; Bette Midler's Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook.