Usher hops over D12 to top of chart

'Confessions' bounces back, Prince stays at No. 3

Usher’s “Confessions” (LaFace) returned to the top of the album sales chart after being bounced for a week by the Eminem-led D12.

“Confessions” sold 267,000 copies in its seventh week, according to SoundScan. The singer bested “D12 World” (Shady/Interscope ) by 70,000 albums, as the rappers saw a 64% dip from their debut week. Prince’s “Musicology” (Columbia) remained at No. 3 on sales of 150,000.

Week’s top debut was posted by Southern rapper Petey Pablo, whose soph disc “Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry” (Jive) moved 117,000 units for the week ended Sunday. Christian rockers Third Day hit No. 12 as “Wire” (Essence) sold 61,000 copies in its first week.

Credit Mother’s Day gift-giving for pushing Norah Jones and Josh Groban back into the top 10. Both of their albums nearly doubled in sales last week as Jones’ “Feels Like Home” (Blue Note) sold 90,000 and Groban’s “Closer” (Warner) moved 79,000.

Kimberley Locke, “American Idol’s” third place finisher last year, debuted at No. 16 on sales of 55,000. “Timeless Journey,” Patti LaBelle’s first album in nearly four years, sold a similar number.

Other debuts include Arista’s Carly Simon compilation “Reflections” at No. 22, selling 45,000; Lee Ann Womack’s “Greatest Hits” (MCA Nashville) at No. 28 (38,000 sold); Flaw’s “Endangered Species” (Universal), selling 27,000 to hit No. 42; and the return of Lionel Richie, “Just for You” on Island, at No. 50 on sales of 22,000.

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