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Day26 Upends Danity Kane To Debut At No. 1
One "Making the Band" act replaces another at the summit of The Billboard 200, as Day26's self-titled debut bumps Danity Kane's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" from No. 1. The new Bad Boy album moved 190,0One "Making the Band" act replaces another at the summit of The Billboard 200, as Day26's self-titled debut bumps Danity Kane's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" from No. 1.
The new Bad Boy album moved 190,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a marked decline from Danity Kane's 236,000-copy start last week. Day26 is the first new male group to open at No. 1 since 2001, when D12 bowed on top with "Devil's Night." It's also the highest bow for a debut album by a group since Danity Kane's eponymous first set started at No. 1 in 2006.
Meanwhile, "Dollhouse" falls 1-4 with 89,000, a 62% sales decrease. Panic At The Disco's sophomore set, "Pretty. Odd." (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic), enters at No. 2 with 139,000. That easily trumps the group's previous best sales week, when "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" moved 45,000 during Christmas week in 2006.
Counting Crows returns to the big chart at No. 3 with "Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings," their first studio album in six years. The Geffen album sold 106,000 and is the veteran rock band's highest charting record since "Recovering the Satellites" bowed at No. 1 in 1996. The band's last studio set, "Hard Candy," opened at No. 5 with 138,000 in 2002.
The multi-label "NOW 27" compilation continues its decline 2-5 with 67,000 (-61%), and Rick Ross' "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam) follows suit, slipping 3-6 with 51,000 (-43%).
The surprise album from the Raconteurs, "Consolers of the Lonely," starts at No. 7 with 42,000. As previously reported, the existence of Third Man/Warner Bros. set wasn't announced until March 18, a week before street date. The band's 2006 debut, "Broken Boy Soldiers," started No. 7 with 61,000.
Jack Johnson's Brushfire album "Sleep Through the Static" descends 5-8 with a 45% decrease to 37,000, and Flo Rida's debut album, "Mail on Sunday" (Poe Boy/Atlantic), falls 4-9 with 34,000 (-61%). Sara Bareilles' "Little Voice" (Epic) has a 43% sales loss with 31,000 and drops 9-10.
The B-52's return to The Billboard 200 with their first studio album in nearly 16 years this week, as "Funplex" (Astralwerks) bows at No. 11 with 30,000. It's also the highest debut in Astralwerks' history. The B-52's last studio effort, "Good Stuff," peaked at No. 16 in July 1992.
Other debuts this week include the Enrique Iglesias compilation "95/08 Exitos" (Universal Latino) at No. 18 with 22,000, Sony's "WWE: The Music Volume 8" at No. 24 with 17,000 and Simon & Garfunkel's Starbucks exclusive concert set "Live 1969" (Columbia/Legacy) at No. 33 with 16,000.
Album sales this week are down 12.7% compared to last week at 7.71 million and down 15.6% against the same week in 2007.