New proof of 'Evolution': Ciara is No. 1


"Ciara: The Evolution" leads three new titles atop the Billboard 200, bowing at No. 1 with 338,000 copies sold.

Ciara's LaFace set marks the R&B starlet's best charting position and sales week ever.

The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope compilation "Eminem Presents: The Re-Up" lands at No. 2 with 309,000 units scanned, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Dec. 10. The album features a host of new Eminem tracks plus appearances from 50 Cent and members of the Shady Records roster.

Gwen Stefani one-ups the peak position of her smash 2004 Interscope solo debut, "Love.Angel.Music.Baby," with "The Sweet Escape," which debuts at No. 3 with 243,000. Its predecessor opened at No. 7 but eventually climbed to No. 5 thanks to the success of singles like "Hollaback Girl."

The soundtrack to Disney's "Hannah Montana" falls two places to No. 4 in its seventh week on the charts despite a 47% increase in sales to 243,000. The Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group/EMI/Universal/Zomba hits compilation "Now 23" slips one spot to No. 5 with 185,000 units shifted.

Il Divo's "Siempre" (SYCO/ Columbia) experiences a 128% sales boom, re-entering the top 10 with a 10-place surge to No. 6; fueled in part by a Dec. 6 appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the group's "Ancora" also rockets forward, from No. 161 to No. 87.

Chris Daughtry's 19 Recordings/RCA debut "Daughtry" falls four spots to No. 7 with 155,000 units sold, while the new Beatles collection "Love" (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol) drops from No. 5 to No. 8 with 152,000 sold. Sarah McLachlan's Arista holiday album "Wintersong" dips two spots to No. 9 with 137,000 units shifted despite an 18% sales increase.

Carrie Underwood, who won two Billboard Music Awards last week, inches up three spots to No. 10 with "Some Hearts" (Arista Nashville), selling 126,000.

Last week's chart-topper, Incubus' "Light Grenades," sets an undesirable record by dropping to No. 37, the biggest position drop ever for a No. 1 debut. Marilyn Manson's 2003 album, "The Golden Age of Grotesque," held the mark after sliding to No. 21 in its second week.

Among notable debuts, the Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax soundtrack to "Dreamgirls," the single-disc "highlights" version, sold 92,000 units to bow at No. 20.

Katie Hasty is a writer for Billboard.
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