The King's greatest hits were just a little bit greater than the Stones'.
In the most-anticipated battle of dinosaurs since Jurassic Park, Elvis Presley's new best-of collection, Elvis 30 #1 Hits, bested the Rolling Stones' umpteenth anthology, Forty Licks, for the top spot on the album charts. Elvis debuted at number one last week with more than 500,000 copies sold, but many expected the Stones to, um, roll over Elvis this week.
But Elvis refused to leave the building.
For the week ended Sunday, Elvis 30 #1 Hits held number one, selling 337,000 copies, according to SoundScan. As a double-disc set, Forty Licks' higher retail tag may have stunted its chances of toppling the King. Still, the Stones' latest greatest-hits package opened at number two with a 310,000-copy first week.
Of the five Top 10 debuts on last week's charts, only Elvis remained for today's rundown. That's because the record labels are rapidly rolling out new albums in advance of the holidays, as evidenced by another four Top 10 debuts (featuring not-so-moldy music) this week.
After the Stones, West Coast rapper Xzibit landed the next best bow at number three, moving 157,000 copies of Man vs. Machine. The Dre protégé, who earned national notoriety appearing on Snoop's hit "Bitch Please," recently finished a support slot on Eminem's Anger Management Tour.
TV's American Idol made the charts again as its Greatest Moments compilation sold 146,000 copies to open at number four. Ironically, that's 90,000 copies less than Idol winner Kelly Clarkson sold of her single upon its release last month. Clarkson, who boasts five of the 15 tracks on the comp, drops her full-length debut in early 2003.
Finally, Maryland's punk-inspired quintet Good Charlotte landed The Young and the Hopeless at number seven with 117,000 copies. The group, which features twin brothers Joel (vocals) and Benji (guitar), are currently supporting the No Doubt-Garbage tour for select dates.
Familiar faces made up the rest of the Top 10: the Dixie Chicks' Home at five, Avril Lavigne's Let Go at six, Nelly's Nellyville at eight, Eminem's The Eminem Show at nine, and Disturbed's Believe at 10. (All but Lavigne have held the top slot--Avril's best showing so far is number three.)
Just missing the Top 10 was LeAnn Rimes' Twisted Angel, which sold 66,000 copies at number 12. One of the few country artists ever to open at number one, Rimes has since pushed for a more pop sound. In fact, Rimes recently objected to the country remix of her new single, "Life Goes On." Her record label, Curb, made the controversial decision to pull the single back and rerelease a new, less-countrified mix.
Jazz newbie Diana Krall, who sold over 1 million copies of 2001's The Look of Love, opened at 18 with her new concert album, Live in Paris. The London soul duo Floetry followed at 19 with their debut, Floetic.
Other noteworthy debuts included Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler at 38 with his third solo effort, The Ragpicker's Dream; Mercy Me's Spoken For at 41, Sting and the Police at 46 with The Very Best of Sting and the Police; 3rd Storee's Get with Me at 91, and, for those of you who missed him the first time around, Russell Watson is back with Encore at 127.
Here's a count down of the Top 10 albums for the week ended Sunday:
1. Elvis 30 #1 Hits, Elvis Presley
2. Forty Licks, Rolling Stones
3. Man vs. Machine, Xzibit
4. American Idol: Greatest Moments, various
5. Home, Dixie Chicks
6. Let Go, Avril Lavigne
7. The Young and the Hopeless, Good Charlotte
8. Nellyville, Nelly
9. The Eminem Show, Eminem
10. Believe, Disturbed