Madonna Dances to the Top of the Chart

Material Girl holds off American Idol with "Confessions on a Dance Floor"

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Madonna danced her way to the top this week, selling 350,000 copies of her club-ready album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Material Girl is no stranger to big debuts -- her last two albums, American Life and Music also opened at Number One -- but with Confessions, Madonna is enjoying a bit of an upswing. Not only have reviews been positive, but sales have also spiked: Compare this week's big debut with the 241,000 copies of American Life sold its first week in 2003.

Another strong contender, the latest American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, debuted at Number Two, selling 315,000 copies of her debut album, Some Hearts, and continuing the TV show's track record as a star-maker. Meanwhile, country sensation Kenny Chesney's album The Road and the Radio, last week's Number One, slid down to Three, selling 191,000 more copies this week, an impressive second-week tally.

Four new tracks have helped Mariah Carey sell 185,000 more copies of The Emancipation of Mimi. Her album moved up eleven slots to Number Four from Number Fifteen after Carey re-released it last week with the bonus material. And the twentieth edition of the ever-popular compilation Now That's What I Call Music! rounds out the Top Five at Number Five, moving 169,000 more copies.

While this week boasts strong debuts, there were also several casualties. Rap superstar 50 Cent tumbled from Number Two to Number Six with the soundtrack to his film Get Rich or Die Tryin' in only its second week on the charts. Selling 169,000 copies, the soundtrack still pales in comparison to his impressive sales record for his last studio album, which sold 1.1 million copies in five days. Also falling, guitar hero Santana dropped from Number Eight to Number Seventeen this week, and Destiny's Child said farewell to Number Nine, falling to Number Twenty-two.

Other strong debuts come from country duo Big and Rich, whose Comin' to Your City launched at Number Seven, selling 157,000 CDs. Green Day's live album Bullet in a Bible bowed at Number Eight. Further down the charts, Bruce Springsteen hit Number Eighteen with his thirtieth anniversary reissue of Born to Run. And rapper Pitbull's remix collection Money is Still a Major Issue sold 45,000 copies, landing at Number Twenty-five.

Next week, count on a beefy debut for rabble-rousing rockers System of a Down and their album, Hypnotize, the second album of the year for the band. Let's see if Madonna has what it takes to party with these guys. And John Mayer's live album may also shake things up a bit.

This week's Top Ten: Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor; Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts; Kenny Chesney's The Road and the Radio; Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi; Now That's What I Call Music! Volume 20; Music From and Inspired by Get Rich or Die Tryin'; Big and Rich's Comin' to Your City; Green Day's Bullet in a Bible; Nickelback's All the Right Reasons; Martina McBride's Timeless.