Remember when Rod Stewart used to be a rock star? The raspy-voiced rocker has long since turned cabaret crooner, reaping the kind of chart success he hasn't seen in a quarter of a century. His latest album of standards, Stardust... The Great American Songbook Vol. 3 debuted this week at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, selling 240,000 copies, according to SoundScan. That's the first No. 1 album he's had since 1978's Blondes Have More Fun, an album that contained the great Scottish standard ''Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?''
Stewart ended the two-week reign of George Strait's 50 Number Ones, which dropped to No. 3 this week and moved another 142,000 units. Up one spot to No. 2 is Nelly's Suit, which sold 153,000 discs. (The rapper's simultaneous release, Sweat, has dropped to No. 16.) Usher's Confessions slipped two spots to No. 4 on sales of 139,000. The great American songbook of Ray Charles, given renewed interest this week with a CBS tribute concert and hype for Jamie Foxx's performance in the soon-to-be-released biopic Ray, sent Charles' posthumous release Genius Loves Company rebounding eight spots to No. 5, where it sold 99,000 copies. (The Ray soundtrack debuted this week at No. 23.)
The other two new releases in this week's top 10 were Jimmy Eat World's Futures (No. 6) and Brooks & Dunn's The Greatest Hits Collection Vol. 2 (No. 7). Celine Dion's Miracle slid four slots to eighth place. Hilary Duff's self-titled release dipped three places to No. 9. Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying dropped one notch to No. 10.