Simpson slips back into top spot

Buffett, Usher, Wilson remain in upper reaches of chart

“The Ashlee Simpson Show” may have wrapped for the season on MTV, but sales of her “Autobiography” remain brisk as the Geffen debut from Jessica Simpson’s sis moved 286,000 copies to re-emerge as the No. 1 album in the country.

In a relatively quiet week on the charts, the Simpson disc, featuring breakout single “Pieces of Me,” was one of the few gainers from the week before, up 5% from the previous session.

Last week’s chart-topper, the contempo hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music! 16” (Universal/EMI/Sony Music/Zomba), dropped to second on 276,000 copies, a slide of nearly 45% from its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Consistent sellers remaining in the top 10 for the week ended Sunday include Jimmy Buffett’s “License to Chill” (RCA), 101,000 discs sold; Usher, whose “Confessions” (LaFace) has now sold more than 5 million, 96,000; “Here for the Party” (Epic) by Gretchen Wilson, 89,000; and “Horse of a Different Color” (Warner Bros.), from Big & Rich, 70,000.

Avril Lavigne’s Arista album “Under My Skin” re-entered the top 10 at No. 6 with 73,000 after slipping to 11th the previous week.

Right behind her, Prince’s NPG/Columbia release “Musicology” returned to the royal ranks at No. 7 with 73,000 copies sold; the artist continues to offer the disc with the purchase of a concert ticket as he tours through the summer.

Los Lonely Boys’ self-titled Epic effort grabbed the ninth slot, just ahead of Maroon 5’s “Songs About Jane” (J Records), which climbed from No. 17 last week on a 14% spike to 61,000.

The Disney soundtrack for just-released pic “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” bowed at No. 27, leading this period’s handful of new entries with sales of 33,000. Saxophonist Boney James’ “Pure” (Warner Bros.) grooved on 17,000 discs to open at No. 66, while Rhino’s “The Very Best of Randy Travis” sold 16,000 to land the country crooner at No. 82.

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