George Strait spends a second week at No. 1. His ''50 Number Ones'' holds off new releases by Celine Dion, Mos Def, and Sum 41

By Gary Susman
October 20, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

This week, there was no mistaking it. Last week, SoundScan blamed a retailer’s reporting error for the undercount that incorrectly placed George Strait’s 50 Number Ones at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. This week, however, the hits collection outsold its nearest rival by 14,000 copies, enough to ensure that 50 Number Ones stayed at No. 1 during its second week in stores. At No. 2 for the second week was the special edition of Usher’s Confessions, which sold 176,000 copies, about half what it sold upon its release last week. (Strait sold 190,000, also about half his numbers from a week ago.) Rising two spots to third place was Nelly’s Suit, moving another 144,000 units; his simultaneous release Sweat dropped to No. 12 a week ago, where it remained this week.

The week’s highest charting new release was Miracle, Celine Dion’s album of lullabyes, debuting at No. 4 on sales of 107,000. Rapper-actor Mos Def enjoyed his highest chart debut to date with The New Danger, his first solo release in five years, which entered the chart at No. 5 and sold 95,000 copies. Cracking the top 10 in to debut in 10th place was Sum 41’s Chuck, which sold 66,000 discs.

The rest of the top 10 saw Hilary Duff’s self-titled album, Green Day’s American Idiot, and Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying remain in place at No. 6, No. 7, and No. 9, respectively. Good Charlotte’s The Chronicle of Life and Death dropped five spots to No. 8. Missing out on a top 10 debut was Duran Duran’s much-touted reunion disc Astronaut, which touched down at No. 17.