Rock band Disturbed starts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the third time as "Indestructible" enters with 253,000 ... It's the first of six debuts in the top 10 this week, as it joins the "Now 28" compilation, the latest from Weezer, a refreshed Journey, a return for Ashanti and Jewel's country debut ... Next week will bring a huge sales number for Lil Wayne's new album "Tha Carter III," but how big? Read on to find out ... Also, in Progress Reports we've got bits and pieces on Carrie Underwood, Neil Diamond and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams.
The Billboard 200's top 10 greets six handsome debuts this week, including the chart-topping "Indestructible" from rock band Disturbed (253,000). It's the Reprise/Warner Bros. act's third straight studio album to bow at No. 1 (and third No. 1 overall). In 2002, "Believe" started atop the list with 284,000 while 2005's "Ten Thousand Fists" punched its way to No. 1 with 239,000 ... Only six other rock bands have earned three straight No. 1 debuts with studio albums. They are: Van Halen (in 1991, 1995 and 1996), U2 ('91, '93, '97), Metallica ('91, '96, '97), Dave Matthews Band ('98, '01, '02, '05), Staind ('01, '03, '05) and System of a Down ('01, '05, '06 -- not counting the quasi-archival 2002 set "Steal This Album!," which peaked at No. 15).
"Indestructible" is the 15th album to debut at No. 1 during the 2008 calendar year so far. Two more climbed their way to the top this year -- the soundtrack to "Juno" and Radiohead's "In Rainbows." Another, Alicia Keys' "As I Am," returned to No. 1 in January, after debuting at No. 1 in November ... So far in 2008, we've had 18 different No. 1 albums, which is only one more than we had at the same point in 2007. Of those 17, only 13 were No. 1 debuts.
Expect a new No. 1 next week with Lil Wayne's much-anticipated "Tha Carter III." Industry sources indicate that the album's first full week in stores could rack up a huge number somewhere in the 850,000-950,000 range. The last set to near that figure was Kanye West's "Graduation," which debuted with 957,000 last year ... The week after next will greet the arrival of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." The band's last album, "X&Y," released in 2005, debuted at No. 1 with 737,000.
At No. 2 this week is the "Now 28" compilation, which starts with 185,000. All of the regular "Now" albums have reached the top 10, stretching back to the series' debut in 1998. There have also been numerous spinoffs from the collection, including the successful "Now That's What I Call Christmas" line. Speaking of spinoffs, this week, the "Now That's What I Call Classic Rock" compilation bows at No. 20 with 23,000. The album boasts such tunes as Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Nite," David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" and Queen's "We Will Rock You."
Weezer returns with its sixth album, "Weezer," at No. 4 with 126,000. It's the third Weezer set to be self-titled. The band's previous three albums all started in the top four, with its last, "Make Believe," arriving at a career-high No. 2 ... Journey returns to the Billboard 200 with a new frontman and a new album as the Wal-Mart-exclusive "Revelation" starts at No. 5 with 107,000. It's the band's highest-charting album and best sales week since "Trial by Fire" debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 145,000 in 1996. That was the band's last studio album with former lead singer Steve Perry. Journey's lead vocals are now handled by Arnel Pineda, who the band discovered last year on youtube.com.
Ashanti lands at No. 6 with "The Declaration," shifting 86,000. Her last studio effort, 2005's "Concrete Rose," started at No. 7 with 254,000 during Christmas week of 2004 ... Jewel's "Perfectly Clear," her first country album, debuts at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with 48,000 and also starts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums ... At No. 10, Chris Brown's "Exclusive" takes a whopping 261% increase, thanks to a reissue of the album last week with additional songs.
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||DISTURBED Indestructible (Reprise / Warner Bros.)||11||5||LEONA LEWIS Spirit (SYCO / J / RMG)|
|*2||New||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 28 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)||12||7||DUFFY Rockferry (Mercury / IDJMG)|
|3||1||USHER Here I Stand (LaFace / Zomba)||13||8||MARIAH CAREY E=MC2 (Island / IDJMG)|
|*4||New||WEEZER Weezer (DGC / Interscope / IGA)||14||11||MADONNA Hard Candy (Warner Bros. )|
|*5||New||JOURNEY Revelation (Nomota )||15||12||TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )|
|*6||New||ASHANTI The Declaration (The Inc. / Universal Motown / UMRG)||16||6||FRANK SINATRA Nothing But The Best (Reprise / Warner Bros.)|
|7||2||SOUNDTRACK Sex And The City (New Line )||17||10||DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Narrow Stairs (Barsuk / Atlantic / AG)|
|*8||New||JEWEL Perfectly Clear (Valory )||18||14||TOBY KEITH 35 Biggest Hits (Show Dog Nashville / UMe)|
|9||3||3 DOORS DOWN 3 Doors Down (Universal Republic / UMRG)||19||4||BUN-B II Trill (J Prince / Trill / Rap-A-Lot 4 Life / Asylum)|
|*10||56||CHRIS BROWN Exclusive (Jive / Zomba)||*20||New||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That's What I Call Classic Rock (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 7.56 million units
UP 4.6% from last issue's charts: 7.23 million units
DOWN 13.5% from same week, 2007: 8.75 million units
This week: The top five albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: T-Pain's "Epiphany" started in the top slot with 171,000 while Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" bowed at No. 2 with 162,000. Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" debuted at No. 3 with 161,000 while the previous week's chart-topper, R. Kelly's "Double Up," slipped to No. 4 with 121,000 (down 69%). Each of the top six albums sold more than 100,000.
The No. 10 album this week, Chris Brown's "Exclusive" (Jive), sold 36,000.
The No. 10 album for the same week of 2007, Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal Republic), sold 67,000.
Average total of the No. 10 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 67,398.
Carrie Underwood claims the most consecutive No. 1s on the Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist in nearly 20 years as "Last Name" jumps 5-1 to become her fourth straight chart-topper and third consecutive from her "Carnival Ride" album. The No. 1 run -- which excludes one holiday song and one charity single not promoted to radio -- began in April 2007 with "Wasted," from her 2005 set "Some Hearts." The other songs from her current collection to reach the top were "So Small" and "All-American Girl." The last female to string together as many No. 1s was Rosanne Cash, who scored with six straight starting with 1987's "The Way We Make a Broken Heart" and ending with 1989's "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party."
Neil Diamond returns to the Adult Contemporary radio chart for the first time in more than two years, as "Pretty Amazing Grace" debuts at No. 30. His Adult Contemporary legacy is indeed "Amazing," as the new song marks his 57th chart appearance, dating back to "Sweet Caroline" in July 1969. Eight of those songs have gone to No. 1, while his total number of charted singles trails only Elton John (66) and one-time duet partner Barbra Streisand (64) in the survey's 47-year history.
On Hot Dance Radio Airplay, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams bows at No. 16 with her debut pop single, "We Break the Dawn." After having released two gospel albums, she's made the shift to pop/dance music with her third album, "Unexpected," which is due later this summer ... On the Hot Dance Club Play chart, the single moves 47-38 in its second week.
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III," My Morning Jacket's "Evil Urges," Alanis Morissette's "Flavors of Entanglement," N*E*R*D's "Seeing Sounds," Emmylou Harris' "All I Intended to Be" and Plies' "Definition of Real."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: Toby Keith's "Big Dog Daddy" started at No. 1 with 204,000 while Fabolous' "From Nothin' to Somethin' " landed at No. 2 with 159,000. Each of the top three albums sold more than 100,000.