DMB Defeats NIN, Weezer As Album Chart Champ
Dave Matthews Band earns its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as the DualDisc release of "Stand Up" (RCA) bows way ahead of the competition with sales of 465,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SouDave Matthews Band earns its fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as the DualDisc release of "Stand Up" (RCA) bows way ahead of the competition with sales of 465,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Following a chart-topping entrance last week, Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth" (Nothing/Interscope) falls 1-5 with a 67% drop to 89,000 copies.
DMB's first studio album in three years falls short of its last appearance on the big chart in 2002, when "Busted Stuff" started at No. 1 with 622,000 units. To-date, the set has sold 1.9 million. The band's latest single, "American Baby," holds at No. 11 this week on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
At less than half of DMB's sales, Weezer's "Make Believe" (Geffen) starts at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 with 193,000 copies. Led by the current No. 3 Modern Rock single, "Beverly Hills," this is the highest Billboard 200 showing for the group, who previously went as high as No. 3 with "Maladroit" in 2002. That album started with 152,000 and has sold 583,000 so far.
Weezer's entry ends the three-week second-place stint of Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam), which dips to No. 3 on a 13% decrease to sales of 173,000 copies.
At No. 6, Dierks Bentley earns his first top 10 debut with "Modern Day Drifter" (Capitol Nashville), which starts with 75,000 copies and also earns the artist his first No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums list. Bentley's self-titled debut opened at No. 26 with 39,000 units in 2003 and has sold 849,000 to date.
Rounding out the top tier, 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) holds at No. 4 for a second week despite a 13% fall to sales of 90,000 copies; Gwen Stefani's "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" (Interscope) is No. 7 for a second week with a 6% drop to 74,000; Rob Thomas' "...Something To Be" (Melisma/Atlantic) falls 3-8 on a 47% slide to 67,000; Mike Jones' "Who Is Mike Jones?" (Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros.) climbs 10-9 despite a 9% dip to 59,000; and Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) drops 5-10 on a 47% fall to 54,000.
John Cena & Tha Trademarc's "You Can't See Me" (Sony) opens at No. 15 with sales of 43,000, marking the first chart appearance for the hip-hop act and professional wrestling champion.
With 42,000 copies, the Starting Line enters The Billboard 200 at No. 18 with its fourth and highest-charting Drive-Thru effort, "Based on a True Story." The group's previous set, "Say It Like You Mean It," started at No. 109 with 11,000 and boasts a to-date total of 306,000.
Top 50 debuts this week include Van Zant's "Get Right With the Man" (Columbia) at No. 21 with 41,000; Robert Plant and Strange Sensation's "Mighty Rearranger" (Sanctuary) at No. 22 with 39,000; Spoon's "Gimme Fiction" (Merge) at a career-best No. 44 with 20,000; and Styx's "Big Bang Theory" (New Door) at No. 46 with 19,000.
Overall U.S. album sales were down 8% from the previous week at 10.2 million units, about 13% lower than the same week last year. 2005 sales trail those of last year by 9% at 207 million units.