Album has sold over 200,000 copies every week

Usher’s “Confessions” is taking on an air of invincibility as it holds onto the No. 1 slot for the eighth time in the nine weeks since its release.

“Confessions” again posted sales of more than 200,000, as it has in each of those weeks — this time moving 214,000 copies for the week ended Sunday. Album’s cume is now nearly 3.6 million.

Usher fended off challenges from top five finishers Method Man, New Found Glory and Alanis Morissette. Rapper Method Man landed at No. 2 as “Tical 0: The Prequel” (Def Jam) went home with 164,000 fans. His “Tical 2000″ disc sold 411,000 copies in its first week.

Drive Thru/Geffen rockers New Found Glory, with the modern rock radio hit “All Downhill From Here,” sold 147,000 copies of their fourth disc “Catalyst.” Album outdid act’s previous top seller, 2002’s “Sticks and Stones,” which sold 91,000 copies in its first week. Band will co-headline this year’s Warped Tour, which opens June 25 in Houston.

Alanis Morissette, whose first three studio albums hit No. 1, landed at No. 5 as “So-Called Chaos” (Maverick/Warner) sold 114,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Cabler Oxygen trailed Morissette on May 18, the day of the album’s release, and broadcast for eight hours the singer’s promotional activities. Morissette’s last album, “Under Rug Swept,” debuted at No. 1 in March 2002 on sales of 215,000 units but quickly succumbed to the then-snowballing “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.

Country duo Montgomery Gentry made their biggest splash on the pop charts in their four-album history, selling 58,000 copies of “You Do Your Thing” (Columbia). Also posting career-best debut numbers was Morrissey, whose first album for Sanctuary, “You Are the Quarry,” outdid any of his solo work or Smiths albums, moving 56,000 units to take No. 11.

The “Shrek 2″ soundtrack (DreamWorks) more than doubled its unit sales in its second week — the first with the pic in theaters — selling 54,000 copies and shooting up 24 slots to No. 12.

Lenny Kravitz’s seventh album, “Baptism,” mustered sales of 52,000 to take No. 14. Intriguingly, Kravitz has cracked the top 10 only twice: With his “Greatest Hits,” which hit No. 2 in 2000, and 1995’s “Circus,” which peaked at No. 10.

George Michael’s first studio album in eight years, “Patience” on Epic, landed at No. 29, selling 36,000. Michael appeared on “Oprah” Wednesday, which could help sales next week.

An “Oprah” appearance, combined with hosting the “Motown 45th” TV show, drove the 58-space leap by Lionel Richie’s “Just for You” (Island). Disc sold 20,000 to take No. 47, one space and 500 copies behind the debut of the soundtrack to the Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven.” Universal/Motown’s “Definitive Collection” of Richie hits debuted with sales of 12,000.

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