The new chart numbers are in, and despite a somewhat down-to-the-wire finish, Justin Timberlake eked past Clay Aiken to stay atop the Billboard albums ranking this week. Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds sold 217,000 copies, while Aiken’s A Thousand Different Ways moved 205,000 copies.
Elsewhere on the Soundscanner:
Biggest Debuts: After Aiken, Fergie’s The Dutchess came in at No. 3, selling 142,000 copies (that number also happens to be the exact amount of years it will take for her to shame-walk away the stigma of “London Bridge”); Kenny Chesney’s live album–Who The Hell Is Kenny Chesney? That Guy? Oh, Yeah–sold 137,000 copies; and Diana Krall’s From This Moment On found a home with 85,000 forty-something men who secretly masturbated to the liner-notes pictures.
Biggest Slides: Beyonce’s Bidet continued its exodus from the Top 5, slipping to No. 6 after just three weeks. That might not sound like much, but considering that she debuted with more than 500,000 copies, to already be hovering under the 100,000-mark does not bode well for the album’s long-term shelf life.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: Nickelback, whose year-old All The Right Reasons won’t leave the upper reaches of the charts. Are we going to have to come up with a new, lame “What’s up with Canada?” joke every week?
Timberlake Remains No. 1 Amid Five Top 10 Debuts [Billboard]