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'Man' Alive

Clay Aiken rules album chart for a second week. He fights off new releases from Rod Stewart, the Eagles, Loon, and Barenaked Ladies

Clay Aiken, Measure of a Man | CLAY NATION Aiken tops the charts again
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CLAY NATION Aiken tops the charts again

Though his second-week sales dropped 64 percent, the competition still couldn't measure up to Clay Aiken. The ''American Idol'' star's ''Measure of a Man'' remained on top of the Billboard album chart and moved another 225,000 units, according to SoundScan.

His nearest competitor was Rod Stewart, whose second collection of standards, ''As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook Part II,'' sold 212,000 copies. (Guess more people wanted to hear Stewart sing cover tunes than Mandy Moore. Her oldies set, ''Coverage,'' debuted at No. 14 on sales of 53,000).

The Eagles, whose ''Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)'' is one of the top-selling albums of all time (28 million copies), saw their new two-CD retrospective, ''Eagles -- The Very Best Of,'' debut at No. 3 and sell 162,000 sets. Other new top-10 entries included "Loon'' (No. 6, 80,000 sold), the self-titled debut from rapper Bad Boy, and Barenaked Ladies' ''Everything to Everyone'' (No. 10), which was everything to 71,000 record buyers.

Holding in fourth place was OutKast's ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,'' which moved another 146,000 units. Another 123,000 buyers dined on Ludacris' ''Chicken & Beer,'' which dipped three places to No. 5. Also in the top 10 were Dido's ''Life for Rent'' (slipping one slot to No. 7), Jagged Edge's ''Hard'' (dropping five spots to No. 8), and Barbra Streisand's ''The Movie Album'' (falling four notches to No. 9).

Originally posted Oct 29, 2003