Green Day returns to the top of The Billboard 200, as "American Idiot" (Reprise/Warner Bros.) jumps 2-1 to oust Eminem. "Idiot" makes the move despite a 41% decline in U.S. sales from last week to 100
Green Day returns to the top of The Billboard 200, as "American Idiot" (Reprise/Warner Bros.) jumps 2-1 to oust Eminem. "Idiot" makes the move despite a 41% decline in U.S. sales from last week to 100,170 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Eminem, who has spent four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 with "Encore" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), is less than 200 copies shy of the top, with sales down 49% to 99,990.
The post-holiday retail slump continues. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Crunk Juice" (TVT) holds at No. 3 for a second week on a 44% slide to 80,000 copies. John Legend's debut, "Get Lifted" (Sony Urban Music/Columbia), gains 7-4 in its second week, on a 35% dip to 75,000.
A 41% fall leaves Ludacris' "Red Light District" (Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South) at No. 5 for a second week with 74,000 copies, while Destiny's Child's "Destiny Fulfilled" (Sony Urban Music/Columbia) moves 10-6 on a 34% dip to 70,000.
Sales declines don't stop two albums from sneaking into the top 10. A 30% drop to 69,000 copies is enough for Shania Twain's Mercury Nashville hits set to gain 12-7, while Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) jumps 13-10 on a 31% decline to 67,000.
Other than Eminem, "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z and Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Machine Shop/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) and Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) are the only top-10 titles to experience chart falls. The former drops 4-8 on a 50% decline to 68,000; the latter dips 6-9 on a 42% decrease to 67,000.
Aside from a handful of debuts and re-entrys in the bottom half of The Billboard 200, the chart sees only one sales gainer this week. For the second week in a row, Fox/Epic/Sony's "Garden State" soundtrack bucks the downward trend with a 21% shot to 44,000, good for a 51-22 jump.
In the slow week, one has to go all the way down to No. 144 to find the chart's top debut, Rhino's soundtrack to the Bobby Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea." The set features actor Kevin Spacey singing such classics as "Mack the Knife," "Dream Lover," "Splish Splash" and the title cut.
Other debuts this week are the late rapper Ol Dirty Bastard's "Osirus: The Official Mixtape" (JS, No. 157), Atmosphere's "Headshots: Se7en" (Rhymesayers, No. 165) and the Arcade Fire's "Funeral" (Merge, No. 169).
Overall U.S. album sales in the first full chart week of 2005 are down 33% from the previous week to 10.6 million units. This is 28% less than the comparable week in 2004.