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It’s ‘Me’ first for Simpson

'Memory' sells big for Stewart

Ashlee Simpson has double dipped. Her second album, “I Am Me” (Geffen), repeated the performance of her debut by landing at No. 1 on the nation’s album sales chart.

“Me” sold 220,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six debuts in the top 10, topping discs by Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and Depeche Mode.

Simpson’s fist album, “Autobiography,” sold 160,000 more copies than “Me” when it was released 15 months ago. Simpson has promoted “Me” with appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” MTV’s “TRL,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Live With Regis & Kelly” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

Rocker-turned-crooner Stewart took second place with his fourth volume of standards, “Thanks for the Memory … The Great American Songbook” (J Records). Disc sold 193,000 copies, the second best in the series; “Stardust” (aka volume three) sold 240,000 in its first stanza.

J Records is calling it the biggest-selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history. The arrival of “Thanks” prompted boosts in sales for its predecessors: “Stardust” sold 10,000 copies to put its cume at more than 1.5 million, while volumes one and two skyrocketed on the catalog chart to Nos. 2 and 7.

Stewart, too, has used television to promote his disc, appearing on “The Tonight Show,” “Larry King,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Ellen,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood.” He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The much-delayed album from Wonder, “Time to Love” (Motown), sold 121,000 copies to land at No. 5, one slot below last week’s chart-topper, Nickelback’s “All the Right Reasons” (Roadrunner). Wonder’s 11th top 10 album achieved his highest chart position since 1985’s “In Square Circle,” which also reached No. 5, but in the pre-SoundScan era.

Houston rapper Bun-B saw his solo disc “Trill” (Rap-A-Lot/WEA) sell 118,000 copies to take No. 6. Release is his first since his UKG partner Pimp C was sent to prison.

Depeche Mode’s first new studio album in four years, “Playing the Angel” (Sire/Reprise/Mute), opened at No. 7 on sales of 98,000. Band has landed five of their 13 albums in the top 10.

The three debuts between slots 11 and 20 were career bests. Soph effort from country singer Billy Currington “Doin’ Something Right” (Mercury Nashville) sold 54,000 copies (No. 11); hardcore rockers Thrice sold 46,000 copies of “Vheissu” (Island) to hit No. 15; and trumpeter Chris Botti saw his “To Love Again” (Columbia) land at No. 18, selling 44,000.

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