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Madonna's 'Confessions' debuts atop Billboard 200 album sales chart

UPI News Service, 11/23/2005 

Madonna has chalked up her sixth career No. 1 album, topping the Billboard 200 Wednesday with "Confessions on a Dance Floor."

"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood's debut "Some Hearts" also made a big entry this week, bowing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Country Albums chart.

Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" fell from No. 1 last week to No. 2 on the Top 200, while the reissued "The Emancipation of Mimi" by Mariah Carey rebounded from No. 15 to No. 4.

The Sony BMG/Zomba/EMI/UME hits compilation "NOW! That's What I Call Music Vol. 20" was No. 5 followed by the soundtrack to "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" at No. 6.

Big & Rich's sophomore studio album, "Comin' to Your City" debuted at No. 7, Green Day's live CD/DVD combo "Bullet in a Bible" was No. 8, Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" was No. 9 and Martina McBride's "Timeless" filled out the Top 10.

Overall U.S. album sales rose 10 percent over the previous week but were 10 percent behind sales for the same week last year. Total 2005 sales were lagging by about 14 percent from 2004.

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