Disturbed's 'Fists' Earns No. 1 Debut
Heavy rock act Disturbed leads a wave of new acts onto The Billboard 200 this week. Opening with U.S. sales of 239,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the group's "Ten Thousand Fists" (WarnerHeavy rock act Disturbed leads a wave of new acts onto The Billboard 200 this week. Opening with U.S. sales of 239,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the group's "Ten Thousand Fists" (Warner Bros.) bows at No. 1 in a pack of top 10 entries by Bon Jovi, Barbra Streisand, David Banner, Coheed & Cambria and T.I.
This is the second chart-topper for Disturbed, whose "Believe" started in the top slot in 2002 with 284,000 and has sold 1.6 million to date. The new album's first radio single, "Stricken," has been on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for nine weeks and currently rests in the top five.
The Billboard 200's top tier overhaul leaves only three survivors from last week, including Kanye West's "Late Registration" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) which dips 2-3 on a 24% slide to 126,000. The Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope) holds at No. 8 for a second week with 82,000 (-1%), while last week's chart-topping debut by rapper Paul Wall, "The Peoples Champ" (SwishaHouse/Asylum), falls to No. 9 with a 60% sales slide to 70,000.
Behind Disturbed, veteran rock act Bon Jovi takes No. 2 with its ninth studio album of original material, "Have a Nice Day" (Island). A 202,000-copy start is the act's biggest sales week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking data in 1991, and gives Bon Jovi its eighth career top 10 album. The band's last studio set, 2002's "Bounce," opened at No. 2 with 160,000 copies and has sold 714,000 to date.
J Records' "So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross" -- with covers by Usher, Fantasia, Wyclef, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder and others -- debuts at No. 4 with sales of 104,000 copies. One spot back, Barbra Streisand enters the chart at No. 5 with her Barry Gibb collaboration "Guilty Pleasures" (Columbia). Sales of 101,000 copies give the songstress the 28th top 10 album of her career, including her first album with the Bee Gees alum, 1980's "Guilty," which spent three weeks at No. 1.
Mississippi rapper David Banner's "Certified" (SRC/Universal) bows at No. 6 with 89,000 copies, the best sales week of his career. In 2003, he released "Mississippi: The Album" and "MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water," which debuted at No. 9 and No. 69, respectively, and have sold a combined 834,000 copies.
Coheed & Cambria's "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness" (Equal Vision/Columbia) bows at No. 7 on the strength of 84,000 copies sold. This is by far the best sales week and highest-charting effort for the group, beating 2003's "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3," which began at No. 52 with 23,000. Originally released by Equal Vision, that album was reissued by Columbia and has sold 491,000 to date.
The T.I.-led P$C's "25 to Life" (Atlantic/WEA) debuts at No. 10 with 62,000. Though it didn't chart as high as T.I.'s 2004 solo album, "Urban Legend" (which opened at No. 7 with 193,000; 1.2 million to date), the first group effort was aided by the top 20 R&B/Hip-Hop single "I'm a King" on the "Hustle & Flow" soundtrack (Atlantic).
Other notable debuts this week include Ryan Cabrera's "You Stand Watching" (EVLA/Atlantic, No. 24), Earth, Wind & Fire's "Illumination" (Sanctuary Urban, No. 32), Ray Charles' "Genius & Friends" (Rhino, No. 36) and Ray J's "Radiation" (Sanctuary, No. 48).
Overall U.S. album sales were down 1.2% from the previous week at 9.8 million units, down 6.2% from the same week last year. Sales for 2005 lag behind 2004 by 8.5% at 404 million units.