Bon Jovi Scores First No. 1 Album Since 1988
For the first time since 1988, Bon Jovi tops The Billboard 200. "Lost Highway" sold 292,000 in United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rock troupe's biggest one-week sum since Nielsen beganFor the first time since 1988, Bon Jovi tops The Billboard 200. "Lost Highway" sold 292,000 in United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rock troupe's biggest one-week sum since Nielsen began tracking sales data in 1991. The Island/Mercury Nashville set is Bon Jovi's third No. 1 album, joining 1988's "New Jersey" and 1987's "Slippery When Wet." Sales were fueled in part by the group's new country fanbase, wrangled in with the 2006 No. 1 Hot Country Songs hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home" featuring Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
Rock duo the White Stripes have their best charting and sales week as "Icky Thump" (Third Man/Warner Bros.) enters at No. 2 with 223,000; the set's title track is No. 3 on Modern Rock Tracks for a second week. Jack and Meg White have enjoyed increasing success with each new album: 2005's "Get Behind Me Satan," started at No. 3 with 189,000, 2003's "Elephant" peaked at No. 6 while 2002's "White Blood Cells" topped out at No. 61.
Brad Paisley's fifth studio album, "5th Gear," bows at No. 3 and becomes his third No. 1 on Top Country Albums. The Arista Nashville effort begins with 197,000 units, the singer's best sales week ever. Sales were led by the single "Ticks," which currently crowns the Hot Country Songs chart.
After debuting at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last week, Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville set "Big Dog Daddy" slips to No. 4 with 73,000, a 64% sales hit. Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" (Hear Music) falls 3-5 with 64,000 (-40%), while Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) sits tight at No. 6 for a second week, moving 63,000 (-23%).
Amy Winehouse's Universal Republic album "Back to Black" ascends 10-7, despite a 15% sales decrease to 62,000. Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" (A&M/Octone) descends 4-8 also with 62,000 and a 29% sales dip. Fabolous' "From Nothin' to Somthin'" (Desert Storm/Def Jam) slips to No. 9 after a No. 2 start last week with 59,000 (-63%). Rounding out the top tier, T-Pain's Konvict/Nappy Boy/Jive album "Epiphany" moves 5-10 with 56,000 and a 31% sales decrease.
Powered by its hit single "Party Like a Rockstar," Shop Boyz' debut album "Rockstar Mentality" (OnDeck/Universal Republic) bows at No. 11 with 52,000. Other big debuts this week include Lifehouse's fourth album "Who We Are" (Geffen) at No. 14 with 49,000, rapper Huey's "Notebook Paper" (HiTz Committee/Jive) at No. 26 with 29,000, Chrisette Michele's "I Am" (Def Jam) at No. 29 with 26,000 and Mandy Moore's "Wild Hope" (Firm Music) at No. 30 with 25,000.
Album sales are down 7.1% from last week's total at 8.90 million units and down 5.2% compared to the same week last year. Overall album sales for the year are down 15% compared to last year at 221 million units.