Usher's revamped ''Confessions'' returns to No. 1. The spring's top CD, with new extras, outsells new releases by George Strait, Good Charlotte, and Korn

By Gary Susman
Updated October 13, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Usher apparently has a few new things to confess. His Confessions CD, which spent nine weeks atop the Billboard chart this spring, returned to No. 1 this week (up from No. 24), having been reissued with new tracks, new artwork, and a bonus DVD. He sold some 336,000 copies of the new version, according to SoundScan. That was enough to outsell George Strait’s 50 Number Ones, which sold 330,500 copies but had to settle for a second place debut. Entering the charts at No. 3 was Good Charlotte’s The Chronicles of Life and Death, with 198,500 copies sold. The pop-punk band borrowed a page from Usher and released two versions, but at the same time, with the Life and Death versions each issued with a different bonus track. Also selling you tracks you already had was Korn, whose Greatest Hits Vol. 1 entered the chart at No. 4 on sales of 130,000.

Holding at No. 5 was Nelly’s Suit, while his other new disc, Sweat, fell out of the top 10 altogether, dropping four spots to No. 12. Also down four, to No. 6, was Hilary Duff’s self-titled album. Green Day’s American Idiot slid three slots to seventh place. Last week’s chart topper, Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today, fell all the way to No. 8 in its second week. Also down seven, to No. 10, was Ciara’s Goodies, while Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying rose one spot to No. 9. R.E.M. has been barnstorming the country for the past couple weeks with Bruce Springsteen and others on the Vote for Change tour, but the band’s first studio release in three years, Around the Sun, mustered only a No. 13 debut and sold 61,000 copies.