Stewart 'Still the Same' with 4th No. 1 album


Whether he's swinging standards or roaring rock, Rod Stewart rates with listeners: The veteran vocalist's "Still the Same ... Great Rock Classics of Our Time" (J Records) enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week.

The collection, which features Stewart's interpretations of songs originally cut by the Eagles, the Pretenders, Badfinger, Bob Seger and others, sold 184,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 15. It's Stewart's fourth No. 1 album and fifth consecutive top five album; his past four sets were entries in his "Great American Songbook" series of Tin Pan Alley evergreens.

Dropping 63%, rock unit Evanescence's "Open Door" (Wind-up) falls from its No. 1 debut slot of last week, hitting No. 2 with 164,000 sold.

Lloyd Banks, a member of the all-star G-Unit posse, climbs onto the chart at No. 3 with his sophomore album, "Rotten Apples" (G-Unit/Interscope). The Queens, N.Y., rap luminary sold 143,000 in his debut stanza.

Like margaritas, Jimmy Buffett never goes out of style: The easy-going Florida singer's new "Take the Weather With You" (Mailboat/RCA) sails in at No. 4. Buffett's country-tinged new release moved 121,000.

Pop legend Tony Bennett's marquee-name collection "Duets: An American Classic" (Columbia) dips one position to No. 5, shifting 105,000.

"Sam's Town" (Island), last week's No. 2 entry from the Killers, takes a 68% fall and loses four positions, hitting No. 6 with 102,000 shifted.

Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) creeps down two posts to No. 7; the singer's durable title sold 92,000.

Filling out the top 10 are Texas country star George Strait's "It Just Comes Natural" (No. 8, MCA Nashville, 88,000 sold), Oklahoma band Hinder's "Extreme Behavior" (No. 9, Universal, 76,000) and rapper-actor Ludacris' "Release Therapy" (No. 10, DTP/Def Jam, 74,000).

The week's other top entries include country sextet Heartland's debut set "I Loved Her First" (Lofton Creek), in at No. 11 with a 61,000-unit first week, and New Jersey hardcore quartet Senses Fail's "Still Searching" (Vagrant), arriving at No. 15 behind a 49,000-unit bow.