Nelly owns top two slots on album chart. ''Suit'' and ''Sweat'' debut in first and second place, selling a combined 738,000 copies

By Gary Susman
September 22, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

This week, the upper regions of the Billboard chart are in Nellyville. The rapper’s one-two punch, the simultaneous release of two new albums, landed him the top two slots on the chart, with Suit selling 396,000 copies and Sweat not far behind with 342,000 sold, according to SoundScan. Releasing two discs that debut at No. 1 and No. 2 on the chart is a feat no one else has accomplished since Guns N’ Roses did it with the two separate volumes of Use Your Illusion in 1991. The combined Sweat/Suit sales of 738,000 also tops the first-week sales of the rapper’s 2002 release Nellyville, which sold 714,000 copies out of the box.

Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying, which had spent two weeks at No. 1 earlier this month, slipped one slot from second to third place on sales of 121,000. Also down one, to No. 4, was Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company, which shifted another 113,000 units. NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 16, which seems to have taken up permanent residence at No. 5, sold another 121,000 copies.

Holding at No. 6 was Ashlee Simpson’s Autobiography. Last week’s champ, Alan Jackson’s What I Do, dropped six spots to seventh place. Also suffering a big slide was Anita Baker’s My Everything, down five notches to No. 9. Climbing back into the top 10 were Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane, up three rungs to No. 8, and Usher’s Confessions, rising two to No. 10.