Rock acts dominate the top two slots on The Billboard 200 again this week, with Tool's "10,000 Days" taking the crown on more than double the sales of the latest from Pearl Jam. The big chart also wel
Rock acts dominate the top two slots on The Billboard 200 again this week, with Tool's "10,000 Days" taking the crown on more than double the sales of the latest from Pearl Jam.
The Tool Dissectional/Volcano set gave the band a career-best sales week, moving 564,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to put it at No. 1. "10,000 Days" also takes over the lead from Godsmack's "IV" (Universal) on the Top Rock Albums chart.
Tool's last album, "Lateralus," also opened at No. 1 on the big chart in 2001 with sales of 555,000 units. It has sold more than 2.3 million to date.
"Pearl Jam," the band's first studio effort in four years and first for J Records, sold 279,000 to rank No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and the Rock Albums chart. The figure is the best sales week since 1998's "Yield" debuted at No. 2 with 358,000 units.
"Pearl Jam" is the Seattle-based quintet's 28th entry on The Billboard 200, including seven previous studio albums and 20 live sets.
Mobb Deep's G-Unit release "Blood Money" debuts at No. 3 with 106,000. Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige all contributed guest vocals to the duo's ninth set, which replaces Avant's "Director" at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
In its 17th week on The Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical" climbs 7-4 with 94,000 copies despite an 11% decline in sales. Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" (Lyric Street/Hollywood) follows, inching 6-5 with 89,000 (-20%). The group also tops the Top Country Albums chart for a fifth week.
The 21st "NOW! That's What I Call Music" (BMG/Zomba/EMI/UME) installment moves 8-6 with sales of 85,000 (-14%). Godsmack's "IV" falls 1-7 in its second week on the chart with 84,000 (-60%).
Moving 82,000 copies, Jewel makes a return to The Billboard 200 with "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland," which enters at No. 8, giving the singer-songwriter her fifth top 10 album. The final album under her Atlantic contract, "Goodbye" comes three years after the poppy "0304," which debuted at No. 2.
Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" (Columbia) slides 3-9 with 75,000 copies, a 50% dip in sales.
Phil Vassar's Arista Nashville collection "Greatest Hits Volume 1" rounds out the top tier with 65,000 copies. The No. 10 placing is his healthiest week-one entry, beating his previous best, 2002's "American Child," which bowed at No. 44.
Among other debuts is Thursday's "A City by the Light Divided" (Island), which opens at No. 20 with 46,000 copies, their second-best charting position behind 2003's "War All the Time" (No. 7). Meanwhile, Australian buzz band Wolfmother enters the tally with its self-titled Interscope/Modular release at No. 22 (37,000), while the self-titled Big Vin effort from Rebel Meets Rebel lands at No. 38 (26,000). The album features songs recorded several years ago by Vinnie Paul and his late brother, Dimebag Darrell, with David Allen Coe.
At 10.1 million units, overall CD sales were up 6% from the previous week but down 9% compared to the same week a year ago. Sales for 2006 are down 2% compared to 2005 at 192.1 million units.