Larry the Cable Guy scores record comedy sales.
The biggest sales week of Beck's career isn't enough to knock 50 Cent from the top rung of The Billboard 200. The rapper's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) reigns for a fifth consecutive week, with U.S. sales of 211,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Beck's "Guero" (Interscope) debuts at No. 2 with 162,000, the best sales week and highest chart position of his 11-year career. The set is No. 1 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart. Beck's best-selling album, 1996's "Odelay" (DGC/Geffen), has sold a total of 2.2 million copies.
Beanie Sigel bows at a career-best No. 3 with his third studio effort, "The B. Coming" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), selling 131,000. The hip-hop artist earned his best opening sales week with his 2000 debut, "The Truth" (DDMG/Criminal Background), which started with 156,000 units and has sold a total of 664,000.
Def Soul act 112 opens at No. 4 with 118,000 copies of "Pleasure & Pain." The Bad Boy protégés last charted with 2003's "Hot & Wet," which opened at No. 22 with 92,000 and has sold 380,000 to date.
"Now 18" (Sony BMG/Universal/EMI/Zomba) drops 2-5, on sales down 63% from last week to 101,000.
Will Smith's Interscope debut, "Lost and Found," opens at No. 6 with 98,000 copies. Buoyed by appearances on MTV's "TRL," Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and NBC's "The Today Show," the set marks a significant improvement on 2002's "Born to Reign" (Columbia), which opened at No. 13 with 60,000. "Switch" is in its second week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks. Smith's top-seller remains 1997's "Big Willie Style" (Columbia), which has sold 6 million.
With the largest opening sales week for a comedy album in Nielsen SoundScan history, Larry the Cable Guy's "The Right to Bare Arms" (Warner Bros.) enters at No. 7 with 92,000 units. It is the first comedy set ever to debut in the top 10 of The Billboard 200.
Jack Johnson slips 6-8 with "In Between Dreams" (Brushfire), on sales down 31% to 65,000 units. Frankie J -- who led last week's debuts with "The One" (Columbia) -- drops 3-9 on a 51% slope to 64,000.
Rounding out the top 10, Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) falls six slots on a 38% dip to just under 64,000.
Other debuts include the Bravery's self-titled Island album, No. 18 with 34,000 units; Los Tigres Del Norte's "Directo al Corazon" (Fonovisa), No. 48 with 19,000; and Billy Dean's "Let Them Be Little" (Curb), No. 50 with 18,000.
Daddy Yankee's "Barrio Fino" (V.I. Music) is the pacesetter, rising 51-26 on a 12% gain to 29,000, thanks to last week's performance on Univision's "Cristina." Various-artists set "Chosen Few: El Documental" (Urban Box Office) is the greatest gainer, up 170-65 on an 89% boost to 15,000.
Overall U.S. album sales are down 16% from last week at 10.4 million units, 19% behind the same week last year. Sales for the year to date are down 8% from last year at 145 million units.