When Saves The Day went into the studio to record its fourth album, the New Jersey-based quartet was working for L.A.-based independent Vagrant Records. When the album was completed, the band found itself with a crisper, fuller sound. Gone was the band's scrappy pop punk, and in its place were radio-ready guitar riffs, sunny harmonies and vocals that were sung rather than screamed. As Saves the Day soon realized, the band had recorded an album that would likely please the ears of major label executives.
With what is being hyped as his last release, DMX has become the only artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to reach No. 1 with his first five albums. The rapper's latest Def Jam set, "Grand Champ" bows at the No. 1 with first week sales of 312,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan leading six albums into the top-10.