In a week where four of the five top albums on The Billboard 200 are debuts, Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" leads the pack at No. 1. The A&M/Octone effort moved 429,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's prior best sales week came in December 2004, when its debut, "Songs About Jane," sold 138,000.
Maroon5 scores its first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" enters atop the chart with 429,000 ... Ozzy Osbourne hits a new career high on The Billboard 200 with "Black Rain" ... Young Jeezy and his U.S.D.A. partners climb into the top five, as does the Used ... the "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" soundtrack does blockbuster business, naturally ... the Bravery returns with its second album ... the Beach Boys notch their 48th entry on The Billboard 200 ... Rancid's Tim Armstrong strikes with his solo debut ... Big & Rich finally nab a top 10 on Hot Country Songs ... Rihanna keeps rising at CHR/Top 40 ... Smashing Pumpkins look smashing on the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart.
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."
Maroon 5 makes a grand re-entrance with a smash Hot 100 hit and a new album, Ozzy Osbourne gets down the business with his first new release since 2001, Erasure returns to synth-pop and Fiction Plane prepares for takeoff in this week's Hot Product.