'Hip Hop' lives on with Nas
Rapper edges 'Hannah' for No. 1Nas scores his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with his eighth studio set, "Hip Hop Is Dead." The Def Jam effort moved 355,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Dec. 24.
Following closely behind is the Walt Disney Records soundtrack to "Hannah Montana," which climbs a notch to No. 2 with 349,000 units scanned. The Sony-distributed hits compilation "Now 23" also moves up a notch to No. 3, with 313,000 units sold.
Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (Arista Nashville) ascends two rungs to No. 4 in its 58th chart week, moving 292,000 copies. The Beatles' "Love" (Apple Corps Ltd./ Capitol) jumps three spots to No. 5, shifting 282,000.
Bow Wow's "The Price of Fame" (Columbia) enters the chart at No. 6 with 262,000 copies sold.
Josh Groban's "Awake" (143/Reprise) falls two spots to No. 7 with 255,000 scanned, while Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut falls a spot to No. 8, selling 250,000.
Justin Timberlake's Jive album "FutureSex/LoveSounds" re-enters the top 10, rocketing 13 places to No. 9, while Akon's "Konvicted" zooms six spots to No. 10 on 227,000 units sold.
Overall, album sales are up 34% from last week's count but down 6% compared with the same week a year ago at 31.24 million units. Sales for 2006 are down 4.7% compared with 2005 at 574 million units.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.