Wind-Up release moved 447,000 copies first week.
In another major week for new releases, Evanescence's "The Open Door" bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The Wind-Up effort moved 447,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rock act's first No. 1 on the chart. The band's debut, 2003's "Fallen," spent 104 weeks on the big chart, peaking at No. 3 and selling more than 6.6 million copies in the United States.
"The Open Door" also marks the 700th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since the magazine began publishing the weekly chart 50 years ago.
Coming in at No. 2, the Killers' sophomore release "Sam's Town" (Island) sells 315,000 copies. It's the group's best sales frame and its best charting position, as their debut "Hot Fuss" only managed a No. 7 peak.
George Strait scores his 30th chart entry with "It Just Comes Natural," which opens at No. 3 with 232,000. The MCA Nashville set is also No. 1 on Top Country Albums chart, his 20th on that tally. Strait's 2005 effort, "Somewhere Down in Texas," bowed at No. 1 on both charts.
After earning him his highest charting album ever last week, Tony Bennett's "Duets: An American Classic" slips 3-4 with 128,000 copies, a sales decline of 36%. Justin Timberlake's Jive release "FutureSex/LoveSounds" keeps the No. 5 spot warm for a second week with 116,000, a decrease of 21%. Ludacris' "Release Therapy" bowed at No. 1 last week, but falls to No. 6 with a sales hit of 64% at 113,000.
Beck arrives at No. 7 with his new "The Information," which sold 99,000. The Interscope effort is the follow-up to last year's "Guero," which debuted at No. 2. Monica's fourth album, "The Makings of Me" (J), enters at No. 8 with 93,000. Its predecessor, "After the Storm," reached No. 1 in 2003 with 186,000.
Janet Jackson's "20 Y.O." (Virgin) descends 2-9 with 77,000, a whopping 74% sales hit in its second week. Hinder's "Extreme Behavior" (Universal Republic) remains at No. 10 with 76,000 copies (-1%).
Other big chart debuts this week include Jet's sophomore Atlantic album "Shine On" (No. 16, 51,000), Chris Young's self-titled RCA debut (No. 22, 36,000), the late Ray Charles and Count Basie's "Ray Sings Basie Swings (No. 23, 36,000) and gospel mainstay Fred Hammond's "Free To Worship" (No. 29, 31,000).
Beloved indie rock act the Decemberists' Capitol debut, "The Crane Wife," lands at No. 35 with 26,000, by far the band's best showings in both categories. Its 2005 Kill Rock Stars swansong, "Picaresque," topped out at No. 128 on The Billboard 200.
Overall CD sales are up 5.6% from last week's count and down 4.5% compared to the same week a year ago at 9.90 million units. Sales for 2006 are down 5% compared to 2005 at 403.6 million units.