Weezer debuts in career high No. 2 spot.
Dave Matthews Band earns its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as the DualDisc release of "Stand Up" (RCA) bows way ahead of the competition with 465,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Following a chart-topping entrance last week, Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth" (Nothing/Interscope) falls 1-5 with a 67% drop to 89,000 units.
DMB's first studio album in three years falls short of its last debut on the big chart in 2002, when "Busted Stuff" started at No. 1 with 622,000 units. To-date, the set has sold 1.9 million.
The band's latest single, "American Baby," holds at No. 11 this week on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
At less than half of DMB's sales, Weezer's "Make Believe" (Geffen) starts at No. 2 with 193,000 copies, ending the three-week second-place stint of Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam), which dips to No. 3 with a 13% decrease to 173,000.
Led by Weezer's current No. 3 Modern Rock single, "Beverly Hills," this is the highest Billboard 200 showing for the group, which previously went as high as No. 3 with "Maladroit" in 2002. That album started with 152,000 and has sold 583,000 so far.
At No. 6, Dierks Bentley earns his first top 10 debut with "Modern Day Drifter" (Capitol Records Nashville), which starts with 75,000 copies and also earns the artist his first No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums list. Bentley's self-titled debut opened at No. 26 with 39,000 units in 2003 and has sold 849,000 to date.
Rounding out the top tier, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) holds at No. 4 for a second week despite a 13% fall to 90,000; Gwen Stefani's "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" (Interscope) is No. 7 for a second week with a 6% drop to 74,000; Rob Thomas' "Something to Be" (Melisma/Atlantic) falls 3-8 on a 47% slide to 67,000; Mike Jones' "Who Is Mike Jones?" (Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros.) climbs 10-9 despite a 9% dip to 59,000; and Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) drops 5-10 with a 47% fall to 54,000.
The debut effort from John Cena & Tha Trademarc, "You Can't See Me" (WWE/Columbia/Sony) opens at No. 15 with 43,000.
With 42,000 copies, the Starting Line enters at No. 18 with its fourth and highest-charting Drive-Thru effort, "Based On A True Story." The group's previous set, "Say It Like You Mean It," started at No. 109 with 11,000 and has a to-date total of 306,000.
Top 50 debuts this week include Van Zant's "Get Right With the Man" (Sony) at No. 21 with 41,000; Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation's "Mighty Rearranger" (Sanctuary) at No. 22 with 39,000; Spoon's "Gimme Fiction" (Merge) at No. 44 with 20,000; and Styx's "Big Bang Theory" (New Door) at No. 46 with 19,000.
Overall U.S. album sales were down 8% from the previous week at 10.2 million units, about 13% lower than the same week last year. Total 2005 sales trail those of last year by 9% at 207 million units.