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'Party' Time

Usher holds at No. 1 for the seventh week. ''Confessions'' holds off a challenge from country newcomer Gretchen Wilson, close behind at No. 2

Usher continues to rule the Billboard album chart, though not without a fight. ''Confessions'' spent the seventh of its eight weeks in release at No. 1 and sold another 228,000 copies, according to SoundScan, edging out by just 1,000 discs a challenge from country rookie Gretchen Wilson, whose ''Here for the Party'' had to settle for a second-place debut. Bad Boy rap duo 8Ball and MJG debuted in third place by selling 121,000 copies of ''Living Legends.'' D12, whose ''D12 World'' displaced ''Confessions'' for one week, slips two notches to No. 4 on sales of 117,000.

The week's other top 10 debut came from '80s R&B diva Teena Marie, whose ''La Dona'' sold 75,000 copies and entered the chart at No. 6. Rounding out the top slots were Hoobastank's ''The Reason'' (up one place No. 5), Prince's ''Musicology'' (slipping four slots to No. 7), ''NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol.15'' (rising two rungs to No. 8), Mario Winans' ''Hurt No More'' (slipping two spaces No. 9), and Petey Pablo's ''Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry'' (falling six spots to No. 10).

Originally posted May 19, 2004
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