Staind's 'Chapter V' Debuts At No. 1
With "Chapter V," modern rock act Staind nets its third consecutive Billboard 200 chart-topper. The Elektra/Atlantic album moved 185,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, toWith "Chapter V," modern rock act Staind nets its third consecutive Billboard 200 chart-topper. The Elektra/Atlantic album moved 185,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to take over the lead from Faith Hill's "Fireflies" (Warner Bros. Nashville), which drops to No. 3 on a 62% slide to sales of 124,000.
Staind's fifth effort is also its third No. 1 overall, though first-week sales figures differ tremendously among the sets that have reached the top. "Break the Cycle" (2001) and "14 Shades of Grey" (2003) bowed at No. 1 with sales of 716,000 and 220,000 copies, respectively. "Break the Cycle" remains the band's best-selling set to date at 5.3 million, while "14 Shades" has sold 1.4 million.
The 19th installment of the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series (EMI Group/Universal/Sony BMG/Zomba/Capitol) holds onto the No. 2 spot for a second week despite a 9% slip in sales to 161,000 copies. Meanwhile, a 4% gain to 103,000 units is not enough to prevent a 3-4 fall for Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam).
With two new radio singles ("Don't Lie" and "My Humps") gaining airplay, the Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope) saw a 21% boost to 74,000, making it the chart's greatest gainer and prompting an 8-5 rebound. This week, "Don't Lie" jumps 28-21 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart while "My Humps" rises 24-23 on the Rhythmic Top 40 list.
Young Jeezy's "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" (Def Jam) drops 4-6 on a 16% fall to 71,000 and Coldplay's "X&Y" (Capitol) remains at No. 7 for a second week after an 8% dip to 60,000 units.
Though Gorillaz's "Demon Days" (Parlophone/Virgin) and Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) both sold in the neighborhood of 57,000 copies, the former climbs 10-8 on a 6% sales increase while the latter remains at No. 9 for a second week despite a 6% drop in purchases. Bow Wow's "Wanted" (Columbia) re-enters the top tier (12-10) on a 2% increase to 51,000 copies.
At No. 17, Nickel Creek's "Why Should the Fire Die?" gives the bluegrass-influenced trio its highest Billboard 200 placement. The group's third Sugar Hill effort sold 42,000 copies and also enters at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. The disc is the follow-up to 2002's "This Side," which bowed at No. 18 with 51,000 and has sold 587,000 to date.
Michael McDonald grabs his third top 20 on The Billboard 200 in less than three years with "The Ultimate Collection" (Warner Bros./Rhino), which starts at No. 19 with 40,000. In 2003, his "Motown" peaked at No. 14, while "Motown Two" went as high as No. 9 the following year. Together, the sets have sold 1.9 million.
Former Atlantic act Hootie & the Blowfish returns to the album chart at No. 47 with its indie debut, "Looking for Lucky," on Sneaky Long/Vanguard. The set sold 20,000 units in its first week, compared with 26,000 for its final Atlantic studio set, a self-titled disc released in 2003.
The star of NBC's "Tommy Lee Goes to College" bows at No. 62 with his third solo effort, "Tommyland: The Ride," on sales of 16,000. The Motley Crue drummer has been busy promoting the six-episode reality series following his enrollment at the University of Nebraska, which debuted last night.
Overall U.S. album sales were down 3.4% from the previous week at 10.2 million units, down nearly 11% from the same week last year. Year-to-date sales trail 2004 by 8% at 345 million units.