Strait, Not Usher, on Top

Processing error leads to Nielsen SoundScan recount

October 13, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Due to a merchant processing error, Nielsen SoundScan re-tallied its albums chart today, leading to a new Number One: country star George Strait, whose 50 Number Ones sold 343,000 copies rather than the 336,000 reported earlier.

With the recount, R&B breakout star Usher was bumped down to Number Two. The repackaged version of his runaway hit album Confessions -- featuring three new tracks, including a duet with Alicia Keys -- sold 336,000 copies this week.

Another error in today's tally placed R.E.M.'s Around the Sun at Number Fourteen: they also got a promotion -- but only one spot, to Thirteen, with 61,000 sold rather than the reported 59,000.

This week's Top Ten: George Strait's 50 Number Ones; Usher's Confessions; Good Charlotte's Chronicles of Life and Death; Korn's Greatest Hits, Vol.1; Nelly's Suit; Hilary Duff's Hilary Duff; Green Day's American Idiot; Rascal Flatts' Feels Like Today; Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying; Ciara's Goodies.

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