Usher fends off Method Man. ''Confessions'' is No. 1 yet again, outselling debuts from Method, Alanis and others

Usher topped the Billboard album chart again, for the eighth time in nine weeks, but this week, he had a real fight on his hands. While ”Confessions” moved another 214,000 units (according to SoundScan), 50,000 more than its closest competitor, it still faced challenges from four new albums that reached the top 10. Debuting in second place was Method Man’s ”Tical 0: The Prequel,” with 164,000 copies. ”Catalyst,” the fourth album from rockers New Found Glory, saw the band enjoy its best chart showing yet, debuting at No. 3 on sales of 147,000. Alanis Morissette’s ”So-Called Chaos” debuted at No. 5 and sold 114,500 discs, just over half the number she sold the first week of ”Under Rug Swept”’s release two years ago. The week’s other top-10 debut belonged to country duo Montgomery Gentry, whose ”You Do Your Thing” entered the chart at No. 10.

Last week’s No. 2, Gretchen Wilson’s ”Here for the Party,” slipped two slots to No. 4 and sold another 139,000 units. Also down two places were D12’s ”D12 World” (No. 6) and Hoobastank’s ”The Reason” (No. 7). Falling five spots was 8Ball and MJG’s ”Living Legends” (No. 8), and ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 15” (down one to No. 9).

Just missing out on top-10 debuts were Morrissey and Lenny Kravitz. With ”You Are the Quarry” (No. 11), Moz enjoyed the best chart debut of his career, both as a soloist and with the Smiths, while Kravitz’s ”Baptism” (No. 14) dipped two spots below ”Lenny”’s No. 12 debut in 2001.

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