Wilco revisits the unpredictable leanings of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and "A Ghost Is Born" on its latest project, "Wilco (The Album)," due June 30 from Nonesuch. The 11-track set was produced by the band with Jim Scott, who mixed 2007's "Sky Blue Sky."
Linkin Park earns the year's best sales week as its "Minutes to Midnight" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 623,000. The set sold a whopping 84,000 digital downloads -- the biggest week ever for a digital album ... The album is one of five to debut in the top 10 of The Billboard 200 this week, joining new efforts from Tank, Wilco, Gretchen Wilson and Megadeth ... In other news, Rick James posthumously returns to the charts, the latest singles from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are on the rise, Smashing Pumpkins reappear on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart after a seven-year break and the Tony Award nominations help push a big gain for the cast album of the 11-time nominee "Spring Awakening."
Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" crashes in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in a big way this week, its 623,000 copies the highest first-week total of 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest debut week number since Jay-Z's "Kingdome Come" moved 680,000 last December; only five other titles have moved more than 600,000 in a week in the past two years.