Three weeks in stores and Elvis Presley’s 30 #1 Hits
remains the best-selling album in the country. The King’s
collection of repackaged classics sold 205,000 copies, according to
SoundScan, to push it’s sales past 1 million copies.
And E has had some formidable competition. Last week 30 #1
Hits held off the Rolling Stones’ own collection, Forty
Licks (which fell to Number Three with sales of 147,000 this
week), and this week it topped Bon Jovi’s Bounce, which
still moved 160,000 copies to jump in at Number Two. Tom Petty and
the Heartbreakers latest, The Last DJ, was the only other
Top Ten newcomer, selling 74,000 copies at Number Nine.
But debuts were still plentiful. Aussie country star Keith Urban
sold 67,000 copies of Golden Road (Number Eleven), while
Chevelle’s Wonder What’s Next (Number Fourteen, 61,000
copies sold), the Jurassic 5’s Power in the Numbers
(Number Fifteen, 59,000), Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Barenaked
(Number Thirty-seven, 27,000) and Heather Headley’s This Is Who
I Am (Number Thirty-eight, 26,000) all made strong debuts.
Despite a strong run thus far, and with stocking-stuffer
potential to carry it through the rest of the year, next week looks
to end the King’s reign at Number One, as Faith Hill’s Cry
should muster enough sales this week to put her on top.
This week’s Top Ten: Elvis Presley’s 30 #1 Hits; Bon
Jovi’s Bounce; the Rolling Stones’ Forty Licks;
Avril Lavigne’s Let Go; Nelly’s Nellyville; the
Dixie Chicks’ Home; Eminem’s The Eminem Show;
Xzibit’s Man vs. Machine; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’
The Last DJ; and American Idol.