The week's highest debut was southern rapper Petey Pablo's Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry which sold 117,000 copies at Number Four. Other strong first week sales were posted by Third Day's Wire (Number Twelve, 61,000), American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke's One Love (Number Sixteen, 57,000), Patti LaBelle's Timeless Journey (Number Eighteen, 56,000) and Carly Simon's Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits (Number Twenty-two, 45,000).
Sales were up across the board, with the Top 200 selling 4.5 million compared to 4.2 million a week ago. Seventeen albums in the Top Fifty enjoyed sales spikes, none as big as Luther Vandross. The R&B singer appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show last week, his first television appearance since suffering a massive stroke last year. Vandross' latest album, Dance With My Father, flew from Number 118 to Number Forty-six, with its sales jumping from 9,000 to 26,000.
As for next week, Usher won't likely see much in the way of competition for the Number One slot.
This week's Top Ten: Usher's Confessions; D12's D12 World; Prince's Musicology; Petey Pablo's Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry; Diana Krall's Girl in the Other Room; Hoobastank's The Reason; Mario Winans' Hurt No More; Norah Jones' Feels Like Home; Josh Groban's Closer; and Now That's What I Call Music! 15.