Daughtry rocks back to top
EmptyIn yet another week during which no album sold as many as 100,000 copies, Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut flip-flops with Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note) to reclaim the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200. The album from the band fronted by former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry sold 90,000 copies in the U.S. during the week ending March 4, according to Nielsen SoundScan, scoring its second nonconsecutive week at the top.
"Not Too Late" moved 74,000 units, while Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal) rises two rungs to No. 3 on 73,000. Fall Out Boy's "Infinity on High" (Island) drops a notch to fourth place (67,000), while Robin Thicke's "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" (Interscope) moves up one to No. 5 (57,000). Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) also climbs a spot to No. 6 (54,000).
Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Interscope) shoots up seven notches to No. 7, selling 45,000. The album — whose latest single, "Say It Right," recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 — had not been in the top 10 since August. The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack (Music World/Columbia) jumps eight rungs to No. 8 (45,000) on the strength of the film's Jennifer Hudson winning best supporting actress at the Academy Awards on Feb. 25; the Oscarcast also featured performances of the three "Dreamgirls" numbers that were nominated for best original song.
Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled Capitol debut drops a spot to No. 9 (45,000), while Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" (Columbia) climbs back into the top 10, rising one notch on 42,000 units sold.
This week's album sales are down 7.5% week-to-week at 8.49 million. Sales are down 22.8% from the same week in 2006.
Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard.