Shania Twain's latest Mercury release "Up!" soars straight to the top of The Billboard 200 this week on sales of 874,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The total is the second-largest opening of the year, behind rapper Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Shady/Interscope), which moved 1.3 million copies in its first week in May. Along with her Billboard 200 No. 1, Twain achieves the same position on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally, where her 1997 album "Come on Over" logged 50 weeks at the top.
With just two weeks left before the Nov. 19 release date of its third album, "More Than You Think You Are," matchbox twenty has finally put the set to bed. Frontman/main songwriter Rob Thomas tells Billboard.com that the group finished mixing the set about two weeks ago, and finished recording about a week and a half before that. First single "Disease" is No. 8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and No. 44 on the Hot 100.