50's 'Massacre' Holds Steady At No. 1
50 Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard 200 competition this week with a fourth straight week on top. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set moved 329,000 copies in the United States50 Cent's "The Massacre" continues to slaughter The Billboard 200 competition this week with a fourth straight week on top. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set moved 329,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Though down 10% from the previous week, the total is enough to stay ahead of the 18th installment of "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series, which holds at No. 2 for a second week despite a 21% slip to 269,000 units.
Leading three top 10 debuts is Frankie J's "The One" at No. 3 with a 130,000 copy start. Led by the current Billboard Hot 100 top 10 song "Obsession (No Es Amor)" featuring Baby Bash, the Columbia album is the highest-charting and biggest sales week of the R&B artist's career. In 2003, "What's a Man To Do" debuted and peaked at No. 53 with 20,000 and has sold 239,000 to date.
Green Day manages to keeps its footing at No. 4 for a second week with "American Idiot" (Reprise) on a 37% boost to 103,000 copies.
Debuting at No. 5 is Queens Of The Stone Age's "Lullabies To Paralyze" (Interscope), which got off to the best start of the band's career with first week sales 97,000 copies. Lullabies" is the follow-up to 2002's "Songs for the Deaf," which entered at No. 17 with 50,000 and has sold 926,000 units to date.
Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" (Brushfire) falls 3-6 on a 5% slide to sales of 94,000 copies, while Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) drops 6-7 despite a 38% gain to 92,000 copies. The Killers' "Hot Fuss" (Island) remains at No. 8 for a third week after receiving a 27% sales jump to 74,000.
Boosted by Gwen Stefani's appearances last week on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman," ABC's "Good Morning America" and MTV's "TRL" -- where she debuted the new video "Hollaback" -- her solo Interscope album "Love, Angel, Music, Baby" jumps 17-9 on a 69% increase to 68,000 copies.
Closing out the top tier with a No. 10 debut is Lifehouse's self-titled Geffen album, which sold 62,960 copies. The band's 2002 DreamWorks set, "Stanley Climbfall," went as high as No. 7 and followed a 74,000 copy start with to-date sales of 376,000.
Trace Adkins misses a top 10 debut by a hair with "Songs About Me" bowing at No. 11 on the strength of 62,870 copies. The Capitol album also becomes the second Billboard Top Country Albums chart-topper for the artist, who went to No. 1 in 2003 with "Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1."
Tweet's "It's Me Again" (Atlantic) opens at No. 17 with 55,000 copies, quite a bit behind her 2002 Elektra set "Southern Hummingbird," which started at No. 3 with 195,000 and has sold 858,000 to date.
Moby enters the chart at No. 28 with his double-disc V2 set "Hotel," with 37,000 copies sold. The opening week for the album, which tops the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart, is somewhat low for the artist, who started at No. 4 with 2002's "18" with 126,000. Moby's best-selling title remains 1999's "Play" at 2.6 million.
Also managing a top 50 bow among a slew of Billboard 200 entries this week are TRUSTcompany's "True Parallels" (Geffen, No. 32); the Ozzy Osbourne box set "Prince of Darkness" (Epic, No. 36); C-Murder's "The Truest S*** I Ever Said" (Koch, No. 41) and Billy Idol's "Devil's Playground" (Sanctuary, No. 46).
Overall U.S. album sales were up 13% over the previous week at 12.3 million units, about 9.5% more than the same week last year. Year-to-date sales are running 7% behind than 2004 at 139 million units.