List of Billboard 200 number-one albums of 2006

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High School Musical is the best-selling album of 2006.

The highest-selling albums and EPs in the United States are ranked in the Billboard 200, published by Billboard magazine. The data are compiled by Nielsen Soundscan based on each album's weekly physical and digital sales.[1] In 2006, 40 albums topped the chart in 52 issues of the magazine.

High School Musical, the soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name, is the best-selling album of 2006, accumulating 3.7 million unit sales by the end of the year. The album spent two non-consecutive weeks at the top of Billboard 200, the first TV soundtrack to achieve since the Miami Vice soundtrack in the 1980s.[2] Band Rascal Flatts Me and My Gang is ranked second, accumulating 3.5 million total sales by the end of the year.[2] The album sold 722,000 copies in the United States during its debut week, becoming the band's highest first week sales.[3] Me and My Gang is also one of the longest-running of the albums, topping the chart for three consecutive weeks. Other albums with extended chart runs include Unpredictable by Jamie Foxx and the compilation album Now 22, each spent at number one for three weeks.

Barry Manilow's scored his first number-one album, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, in nearly 29 years.

Barry Manilow's The Greatest Songs of the Fifties topped the chart on the strength of 156,000 unit sales, giving him the first chart-topper album in nearly 29 years of his career, and his best first-week sales since Billboard 200 incorporated data tracked by Nielsen SoundScan in 1991.[4] The band Red Hot Chili Peppers earned their first number-one album, Stadium Arcadium, for the first time in its 22-year career. Stadium Arcadium, which debuted with sales of 442,000 copies, gave the band its career best sales in a week.[5] Prince scored his first number-one album, 3121 since 1989's Batman, in a debut week.[6] Johnny Cash's topped the chart with his posthumous record American V: A Hundred Highways, his first number one since 1969's At San Quentin.[7] Evanescence's The Open Door gave the band its first number-one album, which became the 700th number one in the history of Billboard 200.[8] Diddy's Press Play reached number one in November 2008, giving him his second chart topper in nine years. The album, however, sold 170,000 copies in its debut week, the lowest first-week sales figure for Diddy.[9]

Rapper Jay-Z earned his ninth number-one album, Kingdom Come, tying the Rolling Stones for the third act with the most number-one albums in the United States. The album sold 680,000 copies domestically, giving Jay-Z his best sales in a week.[10] Kingdom Come had the second highest debut sales, behind Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds, which opened at 684,000 units.[11] The compilation series Now That's What I Call Music! produced two number ones this year: series 22 and 23. The 23rd installment gave the series its 10th number one.[12]

Chart history[edit]

Key
Best selling album of 2006 Indicates best-selling album of 2006
Issue Date Album Artist(s) Reference(s)
January 7 The Breakthrough Mary J. Blige [13]
January 14 Unpredictable Jamie Foxx [14]
January 21 [15]
January 28 The Breakthrough Mary J. Blige [16]
February 4 Unpredictable Jamie Foxx [17]
February 11 Ancora Il Divo [18]
February 18 The Greatest Songs of the Fifties Barry Manilow [4]
February 25 Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George Jack Johnson & Friends [19]
March 4 Ghetto Classics Jaheim [20]
March 11 High School Musical dagger Soundtrack [21]
March 18 In My Own Words Ne-Yo [22]
March 25 Reality Check Juvenile [23]
April 1 High School Musical dagger Soundtrack [24]
April 8 3121 Prince [6]
April 15 King T.I. [25]
April 22 Me and My Gang Rascal Flatts [3]
April 29 [26]
May 6 [27]
May 13 IV Godsmack [28]
May 20 10,000 Days Tool [29]
May 27 Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers [5]
June 3 [30]
June 10 Taking the Long Way Dixie Chicks [31]
June 17 [32]
June 24 Decemberunderground AFI [33]
July 1 The Big Bang Busta Rhymes [34]
July 8 Loose Nelly Furtado [35]
July 15 Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship India.Arie [36]
July 22 American V: A Hundred Highways Johnny Cash [7]
July 29 Now 22 Various Artists [37]
August 5 [38]
August 12 LeToya LeToya [39]
August 19 Now 22 Various Artists [40]
August 26 Port of Miami Rick Ross [41]
September 2 Back to Basics Christina Aguilera [42]
September 9 Danity Kane Danity Kane [43]
September 16 Modern Times Bob Dylan [44]
September 23 B'Day Beyoncé [45]
September 30 FutureSex/LoveSounds Justin Timberlake [11]
October 7 [46]
October 14 Release Therapy Ludacris [47]
October 21 The Open Door Evanescence [8]
October 28 Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of Our Time Rod Stewart [48]
November 4 Press Play Diddy [9]
November 11 Hannah Montana Soundtrack [49]
November 18 [50]
November 25 Now 23 Various Artists [12]
December 2 Doctor's Advocate The Game [51]
December 9 Kingdom Come Jay-Z [10]
December 16 Light Grenades Incubus [52]
December 23 Ciara: The Evolution Ciara [53]
December 30 The Inspiration Young Jeezy [54]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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