Compilation "Now 24" by various artists has defeated other studio albums by raising the bar to 213,000 copies.
A 15.7 per cent increase is gained by the album sales this week, thanks to the highly commercial "Now That's What I Call Music! 24" that moves 213,000 units. Despite the compilation's 7 per cent drop from last week, it enters the chart at #1, a flip-flop position to last week's reigner "Let It Go" by Tim McGraw. The country singer's album has to give up the top position after a 46 per cent drop at 177,000.
A new album from country diva Martina McBride titled "Waking Up Laughing" bows at #3 by selling 144,000 copies at the first week. Just one position behind is teen star-turning mature Hilary Duff with her third studio album "Dignity" that sells 140,000. The biggest surprise of all in the chart comes next. Just when everybody thinks the hottest producer in town will shoot straight to No. 1, they have to question why Timbaland only debuts at No. 5. His " Timbaland Presents Shock Value" moves 138,000 copies despite the first single "Give It To Me" featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado that constantly climbs up the Hot 100 chart.
Beyonce Knowles' "B'Day [Deluxe Edition]" gains the slot #6 after sitting at 69th post last week, thanks to the addition of 6 new songs and Spanish versions of "Irreplaceable", "Listen", and "Beautiful Liar". DAUGHTRY's self-titled album meanwhile, has to slip 6-7 despite an increase sale of 48 per cent at 98,000 copies. Entailing behind is "Get Money, Stay True" by rapper Paul Wall that just entered this week with 92,000 copies.
The longest Top 10 occupant, Akon's "Konvicted" has to give up last week's 5th position to sit at #9. The album actually makes a 12 per cent increase sale at 75,000 copies most probably due to the single "Don't Matter" that shot to #1 in Billboard's 100 singles chart. Alison Krauss' "A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection" rounds up the top 10 this week with 73,000. The position is the bluegrass singer's best charting so far after 1995's "Now That I've Found You: A Collection" only peaked at #13.