Only 6,000 copies separated Jay-Z at #6 and Ruben at #10 this week...
As overall sales expectedly plummet in the first post-Christmas sales week, OutKast's two-CD set "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) is able to remain No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a fifth, non-consecutive week. The set holds there despite a 60% sales dip in the U.S. to 151,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) jumps back into the top 10 with a 12-6 gain. Sales, however, are down 53% to 89,000 copies. Evanescence's Wind-Up debut "Fallen" has a similar increase in position, soaring 16-7, but it also takes a major sales hit. The album moves 85,000 copies in its 44th week of release, about 45% behind last week.
The 50 Cent-led G-Unit is back in the top-10. The act's debut, "Beg for Mercy" (Shady/Interscope), jumps 11-8, despite a 45% sales dip to 85,000 copies. Country star Toby Keith falls 3-9 with his "Shock'n Y'all" (DreamWorks), taking a 74% hit to 84,000 copies.
Second-season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard rounds out the top 10 with his J Records bow, "Soulful." The set sells 83,000 copies in its fourth week on the chart, a 61% decline from last week.
No new releases reach The Billboard 200, and the only album on the chart to see any sort of sales boost is the DMZS/Columbia soundtrack to "Cold Mountain." Sales of the album are up about 2% to 16,000 copies, giving the set its first week on The Billboard 200 at No. 114.