Gary Susman
December 15, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

It’s time for Ludacris to break out the chicken-n-beer, to celebrate his new No. 1 release, Red Light District. The rapper’s latest entered the Billboard album chart in the top slot on sales of 322,000, according to SoundScan. That dethroned last week’s champ, Jay-Z and Linkin Park’s Collision Course, which dropped all the way to No. 9.

Holding in second place was U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, selling 280,000 copies, off only 3 percent from last week. Eminem’s Encore saw a 10 percent jump in sales to 273,000 and rose one position to No. 3. Entering the chart at No. 4 was Lindsay Lohan’s debut album, Speak, which sold 261,000 copies. Up three spots to No. 5 was NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 17, which saw sales jump 44 percent to 243,000.

The rest of the top 10 saw similar sales boosts. Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits held at No. 6. Destiny’s Child’s Destiny Fulfilled climbed two notches to No. 7. Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 also rose two spots, to No. 9. And Clay Aiken’s Merry Christmas with Love jumped three places to No. 10.

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