Elvis remains chart king for a third week
Sunday marked the death at age 86 of radio host Horace Lee Hogan, who gave Elvis Presley some of his earliest mass-media exposure on his ”Louisiana Hayride” show, and who is credited with coining the phrase, ”Elvis has left the building.” Of course, Elvis has not left the building. He remains firmly ensconced at the top of the Billboard album chart, where he’s been since ”Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits” was released three weeks ago. The album sold another 205,300 copies this week, according to SoundScan, passing the platinum (1 million sold) mark after just three weeks. It’s been on top in 24 countries and has sold some 6 million discs worldwide.
Bon Jovi’s new album ”Bounce” failed to dislodge the King, but it bounced as high as second place, with first-week sales of 159,700. The Rolling Stones’ collection ”Forty Licks” was pushed down a spot to No. 3 and shifted another 146,600 units. Avril Lavigne climbed two rungs and returned to the top five at No. 4, selling another 112,200 copies of ”Let Go.” Rising three places to No. 5 was Nelly’s ”Nellyville,” with another 100,900 sold.
The only other new release in the top 10 was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ”The Last DJ” at No. 9. The Dixie Chicks’ ”Home” slipped one spot to No. 6. Eminem’s ”The Eminem Show” was up two places to No. 7. Xzibit’s ”Man vs. Machine” fell five spaces to No. 8. And ”American Idol Greatest Hits” plunged six slots to No. 10. Hey, RCA, better hurry and get that Kelly Clarkson album out.