Better 'Late': Jones No. 1 for 2nd time


In a week where the top nine albums moved more than 100,000 units apiece, Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" tops the Billboard 200 for a second time. The Blue Note effort crowned the list when it debuted two weeks ago with 405,000 copies.

This week, the album moved 211,000 in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, sliding from No. 2 to No. 1 despite an 11% sales drop.

Late R&B singer Gerald Levert's "In My Songs" (Atlantic) bows at No. 2 with 165,000, his highest charting album ever and his best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Like Jones, Levert's sales were likely fueled in part by Valentine's Day gift purchases.

While the romantic holiday encouraged buyers into stores, the Grammys also had a major impact on sales this week. The "Grammy Nominees 2007" compilation rises from No. 7 to No. 3 this week with 131,000 and a 116% surge in sales, while Grammy performer and nominee Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled Capitol debut ascends from No. 9 to No. 4 with 120,000 and a 132% increase. Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) climbs from No. 10 to No. 7 with a 123% increase to 108,000, following his two performances during the show.

Unsurprisingly, Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" (Columbia) experiences the biggest increase on the chart this week. The album, which earned five Grammys last Sunday, rockets from No. 72 to No. 8 with a 714% sales boom to 103,000 copies. It sold 12,700 the week before.

Other Grammy performers that earned sales increases this week include John Mayer's "Continuum" (from No. 29 to No. 10, 80,000, 182%), Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" (from No. 39 to No. 12, 194%), Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (from No. 19 to No. 13, 60%), Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" (from No. 57 to No. 21, 161%), John Legend's "Once Again" (from No. 51 to No. 23, 138%), Beyonce's "B'Day" (stays at No. 25, 13%), Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics" (from No. 58 to No. 41, 66%), Gnarls Barkley's "St. Elsewhere" (from No. 111 to No. 44, 192%), Tony Bennett's "Duets: An American Classic" (from No. 95 to No. 45, 147%), Ludacris' "Release Therapy" (from No. 65 to No. 48, 64%) and T.I.'s "King" (from No. 152 to No. 137, 25%).

Back in the top tier, last week's chart-topper, Fall Out Boy's "Infinity on High" (Island), falls to No. 5 with 119,000 (down 54%). Robin Thicke's "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" (Star Trak/Interscope) stays put at No. 6 despite a 90% increase to 116,000. Chris Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut slips from No. 3 to No. 9 with a 34% jump to 102,000.

Country veteran Lucinda Williams scores her best charting effort with the Lost Highway album "West," which bows at No. 14 with 57,000. Her last studio set, 2003's "World Without Tears," started at No. 18 with 54,000. A compilation of Van Morrison songs utilized on the big screen, the aptly titled "Van Morrison at the Movies" (EMI) debuts at No. 35 with 29,000.

Album sales are up 12.7% from last week's total at 11 million units but down 10.5% compared with the same week in 2006. Overall albums sales for the year are down 15% from the year before at 64.3 million units.

Katie Hasty is an online editor at