The Black Eyed Peas go "Boom Boom Pow!" on the Billboard 200 chart, netting its first No. 1 album as "The E.N.D." bows atop the list with 304,000 ... Aventura scores a record high week with its new set "The Last," starting at No. 5, Mos Def scores his second top 10 album and former Pretty Ricky member Pleasure P takes his solo debut album "The Introduction of Marcus Cooper" straight in at No. 10 ... In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Silversun Pickups historic feat on the Alternative radio airplay chart, the developing chart career of singer/songwriter Matt Wertz and the 25th top 10 Dance Club hit for Pet Shop Boys.
Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 304,000 -- the hip-pop act's best sales week ever. It's also the first No. 1 album for the group, which had previously gone as high as No. 2. Its last set, 2005's "Monkey Business," bowed in the runner-up slot with a then-best 291,000. It had the unfortunate luck to come out the same week as Coldplay's "X&Y," which kept the Peas' at bay when it started at No. 1 with 737,000.
Believe it or not, "The E.N.D." is only the second top 10 album for the Peas. While "Monkey" peaked at No. 2, its first two releases -- 1998's "Behind the Front" and 2000's "Bridging the Gap" -- both missed the top 50. It wasn't until the group recruited Fergie for "Elephunk" in 2003 did the group break through big time. That album, powered by three top 40 Hot 100 singles (including "Where Is The Love?"), peaked at No. 14 and spent 106 weeks on the chart.
It was hard not to know that the Black Eyed Peas had a new album last week, thanks to heavy promotion from Target. The retailer carried an exclusive version of the album that featured additional tracks and flooded the airwaves with a commercial touting the new set.
In non-Peas news this week, Latin quartet Aventura enters the Billboard 200 at No. 5 with its "Last" album, shifting 47,000 -- the act's best sales week ever. The effort arrives at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, its first chart-topper. The group had charted three previous top five sets ... Mos Def's newest, "Ecstatic," starts at No. 9 with 39,000 -- his second top 10 set ... Former Pretty Ricky member Pleasure P strikes out on his own with his solo debut, "The Introduction of Marcus Cooper," entering at No. 10 with just under 39,000. Over on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the album bows at No. 2 behind Black Eyed Peas.
Last week's No. 1, Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," slips to No. 2 in its second week with 128,000 (down 70%). Eminem's "Relapse" falls one position to No. 3 with 87,000 (down 38%) while super group Chickenfoot posts a 53% gain at No. 4, shifting 79,000 copies. The album debuted last week with 52,000 with just three days of sales, as it was released early on Friday, June 5. Lady GaGa's "The Fame" climbs two slots to No. 6 with 47,000 (up less than 1%) while the "Hannah Montana" movie soundtrack slips from No. 6 to No. 7 with 46,000 (down 8%). Finally, Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" drops three rungs to No. 8 with 41,000 (down 21%).
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|1||New||THE BLACK EYED PEAS The E.n.d. (Interscope / IGA)||11||10||TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless (Big Machine )|
|2||1||DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King (Bama Rags / RCA / RMG)||12||12||KINGS OF LEON Only By The Night (RCA / RMG)|
|3||2||EMINEM Relapse (Web / Shady / Aftermath / Interscope / IGA)||13||9||KENNY CHESNEY Greatest Hits II (BNA / SMN)|
|4||4||CHICKENFOOT Chickenfoot (Redline )||14||14||RASCAL FLATTS Unstoppable (Lyric Street )|
|5||New||AVENTURA The Last (Premium Latin / Sony Music Latin)||15||16||NICKELBACK Dark Horse (Roadrunner )|
|6||8||LADY GAGA The Fame (Streamline / KonLive / Cherrytree / Interscope / IGA)||16||17||ZAC BROWN BAND The Foundation (Roar / Big Picture / Home Grown / Atlantic / AG)|
|7||6||SOUNDTRACK Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney )||17||15||SOUNDTRACK Twilight (Summit / Chop Shop / Atlantic / AG)|
|8||5||GREEN DAY 21st Century Breakdown (Reprise / Warner Bros.)||18||New||SONIC YOUTH The Eternal (Matador )|
|9||New||MOS DEF The Ecstatic (Downtown )||19||21||JASON ALDEAN Wide Open (Broken Bow )|
|10||New||PLEASURE P The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper (Atlantic / AG)||20||New||TEENA MARIE Congo Square (Stax / Concord)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 6.34 million units
DOWN 0.6% from last week's charts: 6.39 million units
DOWN 31.7% from same week, 2008: 9.29 million units
This week: the top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on The Billboard 200: Lil Wayne notched the biggest sales week of the year for an album when his "Tha Carter III" bowed with 1,006,000. Plies' "Definition of Real" arrived in second place with 215,000.
Dangerbird Records' Silversun Pickups become the first independently distributed act in more than a decade to reach the top of the Alternative radio airplay chart as "Panic Switch" climbs 3-1. This marks only the third time that an independently distributed act has reached No. 1 and the first since then-Tommy Boy artist Everlast began a nine-week reign with "What It's Like" on the Dec. 26, 1998, chart. One needs to go back to July 1994 to find the last (and only other) independently distributed group to hit the top spot. The Offspring's "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)" spent a pair of frames atop the list in 1994 when the band was still signed to indie-distributed Epitaph.
Singer Matt Wertz went from playing high school summer camps in the early 2000s to releasing his major label debut album on Universal Republic last year. Now, his first radio hit, "Everything's Right," is climbing the charts, debuting at No. 40 on the Adult Top 40 tally. This album, "Under Summer Sun," has shifted 12,000 since it was released last September.
On the Hot Dance Club chart, Pet Shop Boys net its 25th top 10 single as "Love Etc." climbs 13-9 in its fifth chart week. The duo now holds the title of the third-most top 10s on the chart. Only Madonna (with 52) and Janet Jackson (31) are ahead ... Chart watchers may note that this is the third top 10 for the Boys to feature the word "Love" in the title. "Love Comes Quickly"/"That's My Impression" was a No. 10 double-sided hit in 1986 and "Break 4 Love" (credited to Peter Rauhofer + Pet Shop Boys = The Collaboration) went to No. 1 in 2001.
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Jonas Brothers' "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," Michael Buble's "Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden," Spinal Tap's "Back From the Dead," the cast recording of "Chess In Concert" (featuring Josh Groban and Idina Menzel), Laura Izibor's "Let the Truth Be Told" and Rhonda Vincent's "Destination Life."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Coldplay bowed atop the list with "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" with 721,000. The previous week's topper, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III," shifted to the No. 2 slot with 309,000. The soundtrack to Disney Channel's "Camp Rock" started at No. 3 with 188,000.