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Usher climbs charts again with retooled CD

Bonus DVD, new tracks push R&B star's disc up to No. 2
/ Source: Billboard

Due to a reporting error from a mass merchant, Nielsen SoundScan on Wednesday reprocessed the U.S. pop albums chart, allowing country veteran George Strait to claim the No. 1 spot, having initially come in second to R&B star Usher when the data were released earlier in the day.

Strait’s “50 Number Ones” (MCA Nashville) sold 343,000 copies in the week ended Oct. 10, followed by Usher’s “Confessions” (LaFace/Zomba) with 336,000, Nielsen SoundScan said. In the initial data, Strait was credited with 330,500 copies.

Further, a processing error moved R.E.M.’s “Around the Sun” (Warner Bros.) up one position to No. 13, with 61,000 sold. Its last album of new material, “Reveal,” opened at No. 6 with 126,600 units in May 2001. “Around the Sun” did, however, top the U.K. pop charts.

“50 Number Ones” also becomes Strait’s 18th No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, furthering his record for the most Billboard No. 1 country albums. He has held the record since 2001, when he nabbed his 16th No. 1 with “The Road Less Traveled.”

Strait’s last major hits compilation, 2000’s “Latest Greatest Straitest Hits,” opened at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 with 182,000 and has sold 1.5 million to date.

Featuring a bonus DVD, new tracks and artwork, the reissue of “Confessions” propeled Usher from No. 24 to No. 2 on a 709 percent sales increase to 336,000 U.S. copies. In April the set debuted in the top slot with sales of more than 1 million units and spent nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. Together both versions of the album have a to-date sales total of 6 million copies.

Good Charlotte’s third album, “The Chronicles of Life and Death,” (Epic/Daylight) entered at No. 3 on the strength of 198,500 copies sold. The set — which is also No. 1 on the Top Internet Albums chart — is available in stores as a “life” and “death” version, each with its own bonus track. The pop/punk act’s 2002 sophomore set, “The Young and the Hopeless,” entered at No. 7 on first-week sales of 117,000; it has sold 3.1 million to date.

Korn grabbed the No. 4 slot with “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” (Epic/Immortal), which moved 130,000 units in its first week. The act’s last studio set in 2003, “Take a Look in the Mirror,” entered at No. 19 with 96,000 copies and has sold 1 million to date.

Last week’s chart topping “Feels Like Today” (Hollywood) by country act Rascal Flatts slid to No. 8 on a 59 percent decline to 82,000. Its two-week total stands at 289,500 copies.

Among other new entries, Cake’s “Pressure Chief” (Columbia) bowed at No. 17 with 46,000 copies. Warner Music Group/BMG’s “Totally Hits 2004, Vol. 2” debuted at No. 19 with 43,000 units.

Back in the top 10, Nelly’s “Suit” (Derrty/Fo’ Reel/Universal) held steady at No. 5 with 122,000 copies, while his simultaneously-released “Sweat” fell four places to No. 12 with 64,000 copies.

Hilary Duff’s self-titled Buena Vista/Hollywood album fell four places to No. 6 with 97,000 copies, while Green Day’s former chart-topper “American Idiot” fell three places to No. 7 with 86,000 units.

Tim McGraw’s former No. 1, “Live Like You Were Dying” (Curb), rose one place to No. 9 with 67,000 copies. Ciara rounded things out at No. 10 with “Goodies” (Sho’nuff/Music Line/LaFace), which fell seven places with 66,000 units.