For the second straight week, the top three debuts on The Billboard 200 are by rock acts, but this week, they land on the chart's top three positions. Leading the charge is Godsmack's "IV" (Universal)
For the second straight week, the top three debuts on The Billboard 200 are by rock acts, but this week, they land on the chart's top three positions. Leading the charge is Godsmack's "IV" (Universal), which moved 211,000 copies to debut at No. 1. That's a little more than 50,000 units off the opening week of the quartet's last full-length, "Faceless," which landed at No. 1 in April 2003.
Right behind is Taking Back Sunday's "Louder Now" (Warner Bros.) at No. 2, which sold 158,000 units. The act's 2004 Victory swan song, "Where You Want To Be," bowed at No. 3 with a slightly larger figure of 164,000.
Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" (Columbia) opens at No. 3 with 149,000, barely a year since "Devils & Dust" debuted at No. 1. Since 1987's "Tunnel Of Love," six of Springsteen's last seven studio collections have entered the chart in the top three, the lone exception being the No. 11 entry of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" in December 1995.
R&B vocalist Avant arrives at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "Director" (Geffen). The set sold 123,000 copies, edging out his 2002 album "Ecstasy," which shifted 122,000.
Crashing in at No. 5 is Rihanna's sophomore Def Jam album, "A Girl Like Me," which moved 115,000. Its "Tainted Love"-sampling single "SOS" rises to No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart this week and was the most played track at 23 U.S. radio stations.
Last week's Billboard 200 No. 1, Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" (Lyric Street/Hollywood), crashes to No. 6 on a 22% drop to 111,000 copies. Disney's "High School Musical" soundtrack is down 3-7 with 106,000 (-8.7%), while the 21st installment in the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series slips 2-8 (98,500, -24%).
The Goo Goo Dolls debut at No. 9 with their newest Warner Bros. album, "Let Love In" on sales of 83,000. The band's previous effort, "Gutterflower," opened at No. 4 in April 2002 with 101,000. Rounding out the top 10 is Andrea Bocelli's "Amore" (Decca), which shoots up from No. 25 with the biggest unit increase on the chart (208%). The artist was the guest star on last week's "American Idol."
With its biggest Nielsen SoundScan week to date, Christian crossover group MercyMe narrowly misses matching its previous high-water mark on The Billboard 200 but scores its second No. 1 bow on the Top Christian Albums chart with "Coming Up To Breathe" (58,000 copies). The new set opens at No. 13 on the big chart, one notch lower than the opening position of "Undone," which arrived at No. 12 on the chart dated May 8, 2004 -- and posted MercyMe's previous best week (56,000 units).
New at No. 17 is Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris' "All the Roadrunning" (Warner Bros.) with 47,000. It's the best sales week for either singer since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
The Streets debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart and at No. 68 on The Billboard 200 with "The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living" (Vice). With more than 13,000 units scanned, this is the act's biggest Nielsen SoundScan week, second consecutive No. 1 debut on the Top Electronic Albums chart and highest position on The Billboard 200.
At 9.51 million units, this week's total album sales were up 4.1% from last week's tally of 9.1 million but down 10% from the same week in 2005 (10.5 million).