Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1
Rascal Flatts logs its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the most of any group this decade, as the trio's sixth set of new songs, "Unstoppable," (Lyric Street) bows with 351,000 copies. That's the band's third fattest opening week and their biggest one-week sum since "Still Feels Good" scanned 547,000 units on opening week for the chart dated Oct. 13, 2007. The trio's biggest Nielsen SoundScan week happened when "Me and My Gang" blew in with 722,000 copies in the Apr. 22, 2006, Billboard. With its fourth chart-topper, the group moves out of a tie with Dave Matthews Band, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Staind and System of a Down, all of whom have three No. 1s this decade. "Unstoppable, the trio's fifth No. 1 on Top Country Albums, also yields this week No. 1 on Hot Country Songs as "Here Comes Goodbye" leaps 6-1.
Rebounding 5-2 with a frame of 196,000 (up 126%) is the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney). The title, which started at No. 2 (136,000) two weeks ago, benefits from the movie's first-place showing at the box office ($34 million) in its first week of release.
A pair of debuts earn the next two spots: Jadakiss claims his third consecutive top five as "Last Kiss" (Ruff Ryders/D-Block/Def Jam/IDJMG) opens at No. 3 (135,000). The rapper last hit in July 2004 when "Kiss of Death" started at No. 1 with a career-high 246,000 units. Right behind is Jason Aldean, who matches his previous best Billboard 200 rank with his biggest one-week sum to date as "Wide Open" (Broken Bow) pops on at No. 4 with a tally of 109,000. Aldean's last set, "Relentless" also began at No. 4 in June 2007 with a 98,000 unit week.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10, "Now 30" (UMe) slips 4-5 on sales of 99,000 (up 12%). Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) vaults 10-6 moving 82,000 units (up 98%). The title has spent all but one of its 22 chart weeks inside the top 10. Last week's No. 1, Keith Urban's "Defying Gravity" (Capitol Nashville) tumbles to No. 7 as it shifts 72,000, a decrease of 58%. Down a place to No. 8 is the "Twilight" (Summit/Chop Shop/Atlantic) soundtrack, which moves another 68,000 (down 7%). Plunging 2-9 is Prince's Target exclusive triple-disc set "Lotus Flow3r/MPLSound/Elix3r" (NPG). The collection, which includes one-disc from Prince protégé Bria Valente dips 60% to 66,000. Next up is Lady GaGa's "The Fame," (Streamline/KonLive/Cherrytree/Interscope) which slips 9-10 despite a 9% climb to 56,000 units.
Thanks largely to a combination of the April 5 airing of the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS and the Easter holiday, sales are at 7.83 million units this week, up 6% from last year's 7.36 million units. This week's tally is 10% higher than last week's 7.11 million units.