Gary Susman
November 10, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Apparently, record buyers can’t endure three months without a new NOW That’s What I Call Music! collection. The 17th volume of the pop-hits anthology debuted in the top slot of the Billboard album chart this week, selling 407,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The record dethroned Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Unfinished Business after just one week on top; maybe it was the bad karma surrounding Kelly’s ouster from the pair’s tour and his subsequent $90 million breach-of-contract suit that led to the album’s plunge to the No. 10 spot this week.

NOW Vol. 17 far outsold the other new release in this week’s top 10, A Perfect Circle’s eMOTIVe, which sold 142,000 discs. Nelly’s Suit climbed two rungs to No. 3 on sales of 118,000. Usher’s Confessions also rose two, selling 115,000 to land at No. 4. Rod Stewart’s Stardust…The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3 was down one to No. 5, shifting another 103,000 units.

The continuing success of the film Ray sent Ray Charles’ final recording, Genius Loves Company, up one slot to No. 7, while the biopic’s soundtrack also rose one to No. 9. George Strait’s 50 Number Ones was up a notch as well, to No. 6. Trick Daddy’s Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets dropped six slots to No. 8. Ying Yang Twins’ My Brother & Me just missed out on a top 10 debut, coming in at No. 12.

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