Rockers 3 Doors Down, rapper Bun B lead chart
By Katie Hasty
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Southern rock band 3 Doors Down scored its second consecutive No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, leading a trio of new releases to the top three.
The band's self-titled effort sold 154,000 copies in the week ended May 25, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its previous effort, 2005's "Seventeen Days," also topped the Billboard 200, with 231,000 copies. All four of the group's releases have reached the top 10, and have collectively sold 11.4 million copies.
Rapper Bun B, one-half of the hip-hop duo UGK, debuted at No. 2 with "II Trill," which sold 98,000 copies. It comes on the heels of the appropriately titled "Trill," which debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2005 with 118,000 copies.
"Dancing with the Stars" champ-turned-country-singer Julianne Hough's self-titled debut entered at No. 3, moving 67,000 copies.
The Frank Sinatra collection "Nothing But the Best" fell two to No. 4 with 54,000 copies in its second week. Last week's No. 1, Death Cab For Cutie's "Narrow Stairs," slid to No. 5 with 53,000.
Rounding out the top 10 were Leona Lewis' "Spirit," down one to No. 6; Mariah Carey's "E=MC2," down one to No. 7; Welsh singer Duffy's "Rockferry," down four to No. 8; Madonna's "Hard Candy," down one to No. 9; and Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark," down three to No. 10.
Other debuts included Jesse McCartney's "Departure" at No. 14; Donna Summer's "Crayons" at No. 17; and the not-so-secret Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs' "Stop Drop and Roll!!!" at No. 21. Green Day's last album, the Grammy-winning "American Idiot," hit No. 1 in 2004.
Overall album sales fell 3.1% from the previous week's sum to 7.2 million units, and were down 13.3% from the same week last year.
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