Gretchen Wilson Zooms Straight To No. 1
Gretchen Wilson's sophomore effort, "All Jacked Up," bows atop The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with a career-best sales week of 264,000 units in the U.S., according to NielsGretchen Wilson's sophomore effort, "All Jacked Up," bows atop The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with a career-best sales week of 264,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also unseats Disturbed's "Ten Thousand Fists" from No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as that set slips to No. 8 this week with a 61% slide to 92,000.
With her 2004 Epic debut, "Here For the Party," Wilson earned the best sales week by any country newcomer with 227,000 copies. That set has moved 3.9 million to date.
Sheryl Crow's "Wildflower" (A&M) earns the No. 2 spot with 140,000 copies. Her first studio set in three years is the latest of her five-album discography to achieve a top tier ranking on The Billboard 200. Crow also opened at No. 2 with 2002's "C'Mon, C'Mon," which started with 185,000 and has sold 2.1 million to date.
Three 6 Mafia grabs the No. 3 slot with the Hypnotize Minds/Columbia set "Most Known Unknown." With 115,000 units, the album fares a bit better than 2003's "Da Unbreakables," which bowed at No. 4 with 95,000 units. To date, that effort has sold 503,000.
Toni Braxton's fifth studio set, "Libra," (Blackground) opens at No. 4 with 114,000, an improvement over her previous album, "More Than a Woman." That release started at No. 13 with 98,000 in 2002 and has sold 435,000 so far. Her best-selling album to date remains 1996's "Secrets" with a 5.3 million total.
Kanye West's "Late Registration" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) continues to hold strong amid the debut storm with a slight 13% dip to 110,000 units and a 3-5 fall.
Currently incarcerated rapper Lil' Kim has something to celebrate from her Philadelphia jail cell as her latest album, "The Naked Truth" (Queen Bee/Atlantic), enters the chart at No. 6 with 109,000 copies. Though not far behind from 2003's "La Bella Mafia," that project started at No. 5 with 166,000 and has sold 1.1 million to date.
Jamaica native Sean Paul scores the highest opening sales week for a reggae album since Nielsen began tracking data in 1991 with "The Trinity" (Atlantic). At No. 7 with 107,000 copies, this is also the career-best sales week and highest Billboard 200 chart position for the artist. His previous effort, "Dutty Rock" started at No. 26 with 60,000 in 2002 before peaking at No. 9 and shifting a to-date total of 2.6 million.
Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas maintain top tier status this week at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. The former's "Have a Nice Day" (Island) drops 56% from No. 2 to 89,000 units, while the latter's "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope) slides 8-10 with a 6% fall to 77,000.
At No. 11 with 72,000 units, Neil Young's "Prairie Wind" (Reprise) earns the artist his highest sales week since 1995's collaboration with Pearl Jam, "Mirror Ball." That album started with 98,000 copies at No. 5 and has sold 475,000 overall.
With 46,000 copies, Finnish act HIM scores the No. 18 slot with its Sire/Warner Bros. debut, "Dark Light." This is the best showing by far for the goth rock group, whose "Love Metal" -- released in Europe in 2003 -- appeared earlier this year at No. 117.
Top 50 debuts this week include Bloodhound Gang's "Hefty Fine" (Geffen, No. 24); Wynonna's "Her Story: Scenes From a Lifetime" (Curb, No. 25); Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' "Jacksonville City Night Nights" (Lost Highway, No. 33) and David Crowder Band's "A Collision" (Sparrow, No. 39).
At 10.3 million units, overall U.S. album sales were up 4.5% from the previous week, but down 4.6% from the same week last year. Year-to-date sales continue behind those of 2004 by 10.4% at 415 million units.