Rock band Disturbed nets its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "Asylum" launches atop the list with 179,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . It's the act's fourth consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, a feat achieved by only two other rock bands in the history of the chart . . . Disturbed leads five debuts in the top 10, including the "Now 35" compilation and albums from Lyfe Jennings, Goo Goo Dolls and Heart (with its first top 10 album in 20 years).
Rock band Disturbed claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Asylum" debuts atop the list with 179,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's the act's fourth consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, a feat achieved by only two other rock bands in the history of the chart: Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.
Disturbed's last release, 2008's "Indestructible," arrived in the penthouse with 253,000 copies. The group previously debuted at No. 1 with 2005's "Ten Thousand Fists" and 2002's "Believe." Its first studio set, "The Sickness," peaked at No. 29 in 2000, while the 2004 live effort "Music as a Weapon II" (with Chevelle, Taproot and Unloco) peaked at No. 148.
Disturbed's newest is one of five albums that debut in the top 10 this week. It's followed by the "Now 35" compilation, which starts at No. 2 with 105,000. Eminem's "Recovery" holds at No. 3 with 93,000 (down 6%). Last week's No. 1, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," slips to No. 4 with 88,000 (down 54%). However, Perry retains the No. 1 rank on the Digital Songs chart with that album's title tune, selling 221,000 (down 15%).
Back on the Billboard 200, Fantasia's "Back to Me" drops three slots to No. 5 in its second week with 40,000 (down 66%), while Lyfe Jennings' "I Still Believe" enters at No. 6 with 36,000. The latter R&B singer's last effort, 2008's "Lyfe Change," debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 80,000 in its first week. Goo Goo Dolls return with their first studio album in a little more than four years as "Something for the Rest of Us" enters at No. 7 with 34,000. The rock trio's last studio set, 2006's "Let Love In," opened and peaked at No. 9 with 83,000.
Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" moves down one slot to No. 8 with 31,000 (up 7%) while the "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" soundtrack flies up the list 13 rungs to No. 9 with 28,000 (up 58%) in the wake of the movie's premiere on Disney Channel last week.
Closing out the top 10 is the return of rock band Heart, which snags its first top 10 set in 20 years with "Red Velvet Car" starting at No. 10 with 27,000. The new one is the group's first studio effort since 2004's "Jupiter's Darling" reached No. 94. The band last visited the top 10 with 1990's "Brigade," which peaked at No. 3.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 5) totaled 5.2 million units, up 2% compared with the sum last week (5.1 million) and down 17% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 200.6 million, down 12% compared with the same total at this point last year (229 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.4 million downloads, down 2% compared with last week (19.9 million) and down 4% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (20.2 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 781.8 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (787.6 million).
Next week, it's looking like Sara Bareilles' sophomore album, "Kaleidoscope Heart," will be the Billboard 200's highest new entry. Industry prognosticators are suggesting that the new set could sell 90,000 to 100,000 by week's end on Sept. 12.
A No. 1 debut for Bareilles is likely, but she'll have to contend with the second week of this past week's No. 1, Disturbed's "Asylum," along with the consistently selling "Recovery" from Eminem. Bareilles' first set, "Little Voice," peaked at No. 7 in 2008.
Other albums looking for high debuts next week include Stone Sour's "Audio Secrecy," Anberlin's "Dark is the Way. Light Is a Place" and Interpol's self-titled set.
Album units, current chart week: 5.2 million units
Up 2% from last week's charts: 5.1 million units
Down 17% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.3 million units
This week: Only the top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: Whitney Houston's "I Look to You" landed at No. 1 in its first week, bowing with 305,000. The previous week's topper, Colbie Caillat's "Breakthrough," fell from the penthouse with 47,000 (down 56%).
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Sara Bareilles' "Kaleidoscope Heart," Interpol's "Interpol," Atmosphere's "To All My Friends," Stone Sour's "Audio Secrecy," Anberlin's "Dark is the Way. Light Is a Place" and Robyn's "Body Talk Pt. 2."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" bowed atop the list with 476,000. The previous week's topper, Whitney Houston's "I Look to You," fell in its second week with 88,000 (down 71%).