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Aiken the man, Stewart’s No.2

'Idol' star takes No. 1 as 'Eagles' rise with 'Best of'

HOLLYWOOD — Clay Aiken held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week as his “Measure of a Man” staved off the challenge presented by Rod Stewart’s second album of standards.

“Measure of Man” (RCA) slid 64% to sales of 225,000, still besting Stewart’s “As Time Goes By … The Great American Songbook: Vol. II” (J) by 12,500 discs. The Eagles’ two-CD “Very Best of the Eagles” (Elektra) took third on sales of 161,000.

For Stewart, this is his best debut in the SoundScan era (since 1991). His first collection of standards sold 112,000 in its first week a year ago. Clive Davis, chairman of RCA and J Records, was producer on both the top discs.

Bad Boy/Universal rapper Loon, who had a massive radio hit a year ago with “I Need a Girl Part 1” that featured P. Diddy and Usher, sold nearly 80,000 copies of “Loon” to take sixth place. Barenaked Ladies, returning with “Everything to Everyone,” their first disc in three years, debuted at No. 10 on sales of 71,000.

Outkast held steady at No. 4 as “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (Arista) sold 145,000 units. Albums by Ludacris, Dido, Jagged Edge and Barbra Streisand remained in the top 10 while Hilary Duff, Dave Matthews, Sting and Elvis Presley slid to slots between 11 and 21.

Other debuts included Mandy Moore’s “Coverage” (Epic) at No. 14 on sales of 53,000; former Immature singer Marques Houston at 18 on 50,000 units moved; and Something Corporate’s third effort for Geffen, “North,” at No. 24 on 41,000 sold.

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