After nearly six years away, Nine Inch Nails rebounds to the top of The Billboard 200 as "With Teeth" (Nothing/Interscope) earns sales of 272,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soun
After nearly six years away, Nine Inch Nails rebounds to the top of The Billboard 200 as "With Teeth" (Nothing/Interscope) earns sales of 272,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set displaces Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) which falls No. 5 on a 54% decline to 102,000.
This is the second No. 1 for the Trent Reznor-led act, also bowed at No. 1 with previous album, "The Fragile," in 1999. That set started with 229,000 copies and has sold 898,000 to date. The group's latest single, "The Hand That Feeds," is vying for the pole position of Billboard's Modern Rock chart with a fourth non-consecutive week at No. 2. The group is in the midst of a North American tour.
Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam) keeps its place at No. 2 for a third week with just a slight (0.4%) dip to 197,000 copies. After his 1-4 fall last week, Rob Thomas gains a little footing with "...Something to Be" (Melisma/Atlantic), which claims No. 3 despite a 14% drop to 125,000 units.
Also rising in spite of a 9% drop, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) moves 6-4 this week with 104,000 copies.
Sony Classical's "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" enters the chart at No. 6 with 95,000 copies. "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" is the saga’s top charting soundtrack with a 174,000 start at No. 3 in 1999. Combined with 2002’s "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," the two sets have sold 1.4 million to date.
At No. 9, Fall Out Boy's "From Under the Cork Tree" (Island) is the third top 10 entry this week with 68,000 copies. The group's major label full-length debut gives it a career high Billboard 200 spot. 2003's Fueled By Ramen effort, "Take This to Your Grave," appeared on the Top Independent Albums list with a No. 17 peak and has sold 219,000 units to date.
Gwen Stefani's "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" (Interscope) climbs 10-7 with an 11% boost to 79,000 units. The set, which bowed at No. 7 on the big chart 24 weeks ago, has sold 1.9 million copies so far.
Il Divo's self-titled Sony effort gains one spot at No. 8 with a 0.4% increase to 75,000 units, while Mike Jones' "Who Is Mike Jones?" (Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros.) falls 8-10 on a 20% slide to 65,000.
Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group's "Elvis, By the Presleys" earns top 20 status with a No. 15 entry at 49,000 copies, while top 50 debuts this week include Limp Bizkit's "The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1" (Geffen) at No. 24 with 37,000; Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' two-disc "Cold Roses" (Lost Highway) at No. 26 with 34,000; Nivea's "Complicated" (Jive) at No. 37 with 27,000; and Amy Grant's "Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith" (Word) at No. 42 with 23,000.
Country titles by acts including Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Tim McGraw saw a boost this week thanks to the genre’s traditional strong showing during Mother’s Day week, while Sony's "The Phantom of the Opera" soundtrack is The Billboard 200 greatest gainer with a 272% shot to 29,000 units. The album rockets 129-32 after the movie’s DVD release last week.
Overall U.S. album sales are up 5% over last week at 11 million units, less than one percent ahead of the same week last year. Sales for the year are lower than those of 2004 by about 9% at 197 million units.