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Usher tops the charts for a third week. Janet falls to No. 3 with a 60 percent sales drop

May 10, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Usher keeps confessing, and listeners keep buying. ”Confessions” spent the third week since its release at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, selling another 463,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Its sales fell off just 5 percent from last week; contrast that with Janet Jackson’s ”Damita Jo,” whose second-week sales have fallen 61 percent. It sold another 147,000 discs and fell one spot to No. 3. ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 15” returned to second place and saw a 23 percent sales increase to 277,000.

Anticipation of the ”Nick & Jessica Variety Hour” drew a variety of record buyers into stores, sending Jessica Simpson’s ”In This Skin” rebounding eight spots to No. 4, with sales up 46 percent to 113,000 units. Also seeing sales increases were Evanescence’s ”Fallen” (up five slots to No. 6) and Kenny Chesney’s ”When the Sun Goes Down” (rising six to No. 7).

In a week that saw no debuts in the top 15 (though ”American Idol” reject William Hung did see a No. 34 debut for his ”Inspiration”), the rest of the top 10 consisted of such holdovers as Norah Jones’ ”Feels Like Home” (No. 5), Lil’ Flip’s ”U Gotta Feel Me” (No. 8), Guns N’ Roses’ ”Greatest Hits” (No. 9), and J-Kwon’s ”Hood Hop” (No. 10).

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