Staind's 'Cycle' Makes Mark At No. 1
Staind's "Break the Cycle" (Flip/Elektra) crashes into The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with more than 716,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The album is the second consecutive hard rockStaind's "Break the Cycle" (Flip/Elektra) crashes into The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with more than 716,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The album is the second consecutive hard rock set to debut at No. 1, following last week's debut by Tool's "Lateralus" (Volcano). Only the Dave Matthews Band, whose "Everyday" (RCA) enjoyed a 733,00-unit opening week, had a higher debut sales total this year.
Staind's first week numbers post a massive gain over the band's previous effort, "Dysfunction," which entered The Billboard 200 at No. 173 in May 1999 with 29,000 copies sold, yet has steadily sold more than 1 million copies. Staind also has command of Billboard's Mainstream and Modern Rock charts for the seventh straight week with "It's Been Awhile." It's the second time this year Staind leader Aaron Lewis has found a song of his atop the Mainstream Rock chart; he earlier reached No. 1 under his own name with "Outside" featuring Fred Durst.
New Jersey rapper Redman rockets onto The Billboard 200 at No. 4 with "Malpractice" (Def Jam/IDJMG). The set sold 147,560 copies to make it his first top-10 debut as a solo act, yet its sales don't quite surpass Redman's 1999 release with Method Man, "Blackout!" (Island), which opened with 254,000 units. "Malpractice" also bows at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
Redman easily outdistances this week's third highest album chart debut, Tyrese's "2000 Watts" (RCA), which arrives at No. 10 on the strength of 92,000 albums sold. Also debuting this week are Static-X's "Machine" (Warner Bros.) at No. 11, Bon Jovi's "One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001" (Island/DJMG) at No. 20, the "Pearl Harbor" soundtrack (Hollywood/Warner Bros.) at No. 31, and City High's self-titled Booga Basement/Interscope set at No. 34.
Of last week's five top-10 debuts, only three are able to stick around near the top. "Lateralus" falls a slot to No. 2 and experiences a 64% drop in sales, while still moving an impressive 198,000 units. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott moved 136,000 units of her "Miss E ... So Addictive" (The Gold Mine/Elektra), yet regresses three positions to No. 5. Weezer's first Geffen album since 1996's "Pinkerton" slides 4-9, the victim of a 59% sales drop for a second week sales tally of 97,000 albums. Both R.E.M.'s "Reveal" (Warner Bros.) and Depeche Mode's "Exciter" (Reprise) skid more than 15 positions, with "Reveal" sinking 6-24 and "Exciter" plunging 8-27.
The only album to post a sales gain in this week's top-10 is the Interscope soundtrack to "Moulin Rouge." The album sold nearly 99,000 units to fuel a two-position hop to No. 8. It's no real surprise, since the album's first single, "Lady Marmalade," rests atop The Billboard Hot 100 for a second-straight week. With no retail single available, fans continue to flock to the album, and the Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink cut holds at No. 1 on the strength of its radio airplay alone. Bigger things are yet expected for the set, as "Moulin Rouge" receives nationwide theatrical release this weekend.
Lil' Romeo inches his way into the top-10 of the Hot 100, moving up one slot to No. 10 with his Jackson 5-sampled "My Baby." The single is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart for a fourth straight week, once again fending off City High's "What Would You Do?" Lil' Romeo, the son of Master P, will have to settle for No. 2 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where R. Kelly's "Fiesta" featuring Jay-Z once again owns the top spot.
Also on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, Usher shows a mighty gain with his "U Remind Me," which soars 44-26. Toya's "I Do!!" is right behind him, gliding 41-27. The cut is also the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail, soaring 82-61. Erick Sermon's "Music," which has put Marvin Gaye back on the charts after a 10-year absence, continues to make gains. The cut moves 16-10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and 60-44 on the Hot 100.
Faith Hill's "There You'll Be" is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio, charging 25-15. The track continues to perform better in crossover markets, having not yet cracked the top-20 of Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally, where it jumps 28-21. Kenny Chesney has moved to No. 1 on that chart, knocking down Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" to No. 3, and fending off Tim McGraw's "Grown Men Don't Cry" at No. 2. McGraw, however, begins his fifth straight week on top of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Set This Circus Down" (Curb).
This week's top debut on the Hot 100 is O-Town's "All or Nothing," which lands at No. 60. Other notable debuts include Destiny's Child "Bootylicious" at No. 66; Craig David's "Fill Me In" at No. 69; Eve 6's "Here's to the Night" at No. 74; and Jamie O'Neal's "When I Think About Angels" at No. 81.