OutKast’s ”Hey Ya” is now so ubiquitous that both the Golden Globes and Oscars have used it in promotional clips, so it’s no wonder that ”Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” enjoyed a seventh session atop the Billboard chart last week. Despite an 11 percent sales drop to 86,000 copies, according to SoundScan, the double-CD remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. ”The Very Best of Sheryl Crow” also held in place at No. 2, enjoying an 11 percent sales boost to 81,000.
The single ”My Immortal” helped Evanescence’s ”Fallen” rise six spots to No. 3 and sell another 69,000 copies. The compilation ”Grammy Nominees 2004,” which features selections by OutKast, Beyoncé, Eminem, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, and Fountains of Wayne, was the only new release to debut in the top 10, selling 67,600 copies for a fourth-place finish. Ruben Studdard’s ”Soulful” may have benefited from the return to the airwaves of ”American Idol”; the winner of last year’s contest saw his album climb three spots to No. 5 and sell another 67,000 units.
Slipping two slots to sixth place was Toby Keith’s ”Shock’N Y’all.” Down one to No. 7 was ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 14.” Josh Groban’s ”Closer” slid three slots to eighth place. Down six places to No. 9 was ”The Diary of Alicia Keys.” Britney Spears’ single ”Toxic” helped push her ”In the Zone” up one notch to fill out the remaining top-10 position.