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Banks Again

Lloyd Banks is No.1 for a second week. The rapper holds off surging top 10 artists Gretchen Wilson, Avril Lavigne, and Velvet Revolver

Lloyd Banks | G FORCE Banks is still at No. 1
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G FORCE Banks is still at No. 1

This week's record buyers had a hunger for more of Lloyd Banks. The G-Unit rapper's ''The Hunger for More'' spent its second week on top of the Billboard album chart, selling another 164,000 copies, according to SoundScan. That's nearly two-thirds less than what it sold its first week, but it was still enough to surpass Usher's ''Confessions,'' which held at No. 2 for the fifth week and moved another 131,000 units. Banks also withstood challenges from several artists who saw rebounding sales this week, including Gretchen Wilson, whose ''Here for the Party'' jumped five spots to No. 3 and sold 88,000 discs.

Also rebounding were former No. 1 albums by Avril Lavigne, whose ''Under My Skin'' climbed six rungs to No. 5 (it sold another 75,000 copies) and Velvet Revolver, whose ''Contraband'' also rose six spots to land at No. 8. Other discs bouncing back were the ''Spider-Man 2'' soundtrack (up 2 to No. 7) and the self-titled debut by Los Lonely Boys, up six to No. 10.

Rounding out the top 10, Jadakiss' ''Kiss of Death'' held at No. 4, even though its sales of 81,000 fell a third from last week. Country duo Big & Rich rode into the top 10 for the first time with ''Horse of a Different Color,'' up seven places to No. 6. And the Beastie Boys' ''To the 5 Boroughs'' slipped three slots to No. 9.

Originally posted Jul 14, 2004