Matched against several surprising bows, the 19th edition of “Now That’s What I Call Music!” (Capitol) easily retained its top spot on the nation’s album chart, moving 236,000 copies in its second week, a 46% dip, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Atlanta-based Young Jeezy made the quick transition from label boss to Boyz N Da Hood group member to solo rapper with his debut, “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101” (Def Jam), which entered at No. 2, selling 172,000 discs.
At No. 4, “Retaliation,” featuring the standup stylings of Dane Cook, brought comedy to the upper echelon of the sales charts for the first time since the days of Steve Martin. The two-CD/DVD Comedy Central Records package sold 86,000 in its first week.
Following closely behind, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz’s sophomore release, “Mr. A-Z” (Atlantic), assumed the No. 5 slot on sales of 81,000.
And last among debuts in the top 10 is R&B multihyphenate Babyface’s “Grown & Sexy” (Arista) at No. 10, selling 56,000 copies of his first record since 2001’s “Face2Face.”
Mariah Carey’s strong seller “Emancipation of Mimi” (Island) dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 despite a 13% increase to 102,000 copies sold. Album has moved 2.7 million to date.
Coldplay’s “X&Y” (Capitol) sold 73,000 discs to claim the week’s sixth-highest position and has sold more than 1.7 million copies after two months on the chart.
At No. 7 “Monkey Business” (A&M), by Black Eyed Peas, sold 68,000, while “Demon Days,” from Virgin act Gorillaz, climbed from ninth last week to eighth and R. Kelly’s “TP.3 Reloaded” (Jive) dropped from third to ninth, with each selling 59,000 units.
Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill Acoustic” (Maverick) landed at No. 50 after its first week of availability at retail beyond Starbucks locations, selling 21,000 discs in total for the frame (up from 10,000 the week prior) and 178,000 to date.