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Barry Manilow tops Billboard album sales chart, Mary J. Blige second

UPI News Service, 02/08/2006 

Barry Manilow's "The Greatest Songs of the '50s" is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, giving him his first chart topper in 29 years.

Mary J. Blige moved up two spots to No. 2 thanks to a 24 percent sales increase for her album, "The Breakthrough," with Andrea Bocelli at No. 3 with "Amore," his highest position ever on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" is No. 4 followed by Tony Award-winner Heather Headley's "In My Mind" at No. 5.

Il Divo's "Ancora" fell from last week's No. 1 to No. 6 while Eminem's "Curtain Calls: The Hits" moved up a spot from last week to No. 7.

Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" is No. 8, James Blunt's "Back to Bedlam" is No. 9 and Train fills out the Top 10 with "For Me, It's You."

Overall U.S. album sales were up 11 percent over the previous week, but the 9.5 million units sold were 4 percent behind the same week last year. For 2006 so far, record sales lagged 1 percent over the same period in 2005.

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