Green Day's 'Idiot' Earns Billboard 200 Crown

Green Day scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "American Idiot" (Reprise), the act's first studio album in four years. It's the biggest opening sales week ever for the pop/punk trio, as it

Green Day scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "American Idiot" (Reprise), the act's first studio album in four years. It's the biggest opening sales week ever for the pop/punk trio, as its fifth studio set moves 267,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The group's previous high point on the chart came in 1995, when its major-label debut, "Dookie," peaked at No. 2 on its way to sales of 7.2 million. Collectively, the band has sold 14 million units since its 1989 bow on indie label Lookout.

Nelly -- who last week took over the top two slots with "Suit" and "Sweat," respectively -- falls to No. 2 and No. 4 this week. "Suit" suffers a 57% hit to 160,000 copies, while sales of "Sweat" dip 63% to 127,500.

Keith Urban sneaks in between the Nelly sets with his biggest sales week ever. Debuting at No. 3 with 148,000 units, "Be Here" (Capitol Nashville) also earns Urban his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums list. Urban's previous set, "Golden Road," opened at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 in 2002 and hasn't left the chart since, earning total sales to date of 1.8 million copies. In its 103rd week on the tally, it glides 67-54.

The top 10 is graced by another debut this week as Chevelle's Epic set "This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)" enters at No. 8 with 89,000 units. The trio's previous album, "Wonder What's Next," opened at No. 14 in August 2003 with 61,000 and has sold 1.2 million to date.

Shadows Fall notches its first appearance on The Billboard 200 with "The War Within," debuting at No. 20 with 39,000 copies. The group's previous Century Media set, "Art of Balance," spent nine weeks on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, peaking at No. 15, and has sold 107,000 units.

Overall U.S. album sales are down about 2.2% from last week, almost an 18% decline from the same week last year. Year-to-date sales are beating those of 2003 by about 6.2%.

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