Disturbed Takes 'Believe' Straight To No. 1

"Believe," the sophomore Reprise effort from hard rock act Disturbed, rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 284,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, knocking the Dixie Chicks' "Home

"Believe," the sophomore Reprise effort from hard rock act Disturbed, rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 284,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, knocking the Dixie Chicks' "Home" (Monument/Columbia) to No. 2 after three weeks on top. Even though they can no longer call the chart top home, the Chicks set still moved a mighty 168,000 copies in its fourth week on the tally. And while Disturbed is one of four acts to debut in the top-10, all are overshadowed by a record-setting week from "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson.

As reported yesterday, Clarkson scored the highest one-week sales total for a single in three years with her two-track smash, "A Moment Like This"/"Before Your Love" (RCA). "Moment" takes a history-making leap from No. 52 to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, the biggest jump into the No. 1 slot ever. The single moved 236,000 units in one week, the most since Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" sold 271,000 in its first week in September 1999.

Previous to this week, "Moment" was languishing in the latter half of the Hot 100, surviving primarily on airplay. RCA has already stopped accepting orders for the commercially-released single, but it is estimated that almost 700,000 units have been shipped, so it should be a few weeks before the "Moment" runs out. Next Tuesday, the "American Idol" compilation album will be released, with both songs from the single included on the set.

On the other end of the musical spectrum from the Clarkson hoopla, Disturbed's "Believe" scores the group a career peak. Its 2000 set "The Sickness" reached a high of No. 29, and has sold 2.6 million copies to date. Current single "Prayer" is up one rung to No. 3 on Billboard's Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks charts.

Arriving at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 is the Ludacris-led compilation "Golden Grain" (Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South) on sales of 95,000 units. Featuring tracks by Shawnna, Lil' Fate, and Tity Boi, among others, the album also shoots straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally. Last year, Ludacris debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with "Word of Mouf," an album that has now sold 3 million copies.

Lifehouse's "Stanley Climbfall" (DreamWorks) sold 74,000 copies to enter at No. 7 on The Billboard 200. The band's first album, "No Name Face," had a quiet debut at No. 154 in November 2000, but went on to sell 2.4 million copies, eventually peaking at No. 7. The new set's first single, "Spin," is at No. 31 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Smooth jazz mainstay Kenny G returns to The Billboard 200 with "Paradise" (Arista), which debuts at No. 9 on sales of 61,000 units. It's his highest debut since the No. 4 landing of "The Moment" in 1996. His last non-holiday album, 1999's "Classics in the Key of G," sold more in its first week (63,000 units), but was forced to enter down at No. 23 due to that summer's busy release docket.

Enrique Iglesias also makes history this week, earning the highest entry for an all-Spanish album with "Quizas." The Universal Latino set debuts at No. 12 on sales of 49,000 copies. His mega-hit album "Escape" entered at No. 2 last November with 267,000 units and has sold more than 3 million units to date.

A little further down, John Mayer has a respectable No. 23 entry for his EP "Inside Wants Out" (Aware/Columbia). Last September, his debut album, "Room for Squares," peaked at No. 15 on the chart. Other notable newcomers include Natalie Cole's "Ask a Woman Who Knows" (Verve) at No. 32, and the self-titled debut from Roadrunner's Theory Of A Deadman at No. 85.

Nelly finally surrenders his 14-week reign at No. 1 on the Hot 100 -- after seven weeks each for "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma." Even though Clarkson took over the rapper's Hot 100 reins, he continues to hold the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally and Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart, where he's been for seven weeks with "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland. His album "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal), meanwhile, holds fast at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 on a 4% sales increase to 125,00 units.

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" continues to make airplay gains, blasting 24-11 on the Hot 100, and 13-6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The track is the fastest-growing track at radio on both charts.

New to the top-10 on the Hot 100 is Cam'ron's "Hey Ma" featuring Juelz Santana, Freakey Zakey & Toya, enjoying an 11-8 boost. The cut is at No. 4 on the Hot Rap Tracks tally. 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake also continues to fly up the Hot 100, gliding 26-17 with "Like I Love You." He's also starting to make major gains on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, where his solo debut track is up 88-67 and is that chart's fastest growing track at retail.

The top debut on the Hot 100 is Eminem's "Lose Yourself" at No. 43. Other notable entries include Santana's "The Game of Love" featuring Michelle Branch at No. 66, Rascal Flatts' "These Days" at No. 67, George Strait's "She'll Leave You With a Smile" at No. 71, and Toby Keith's "Who's Your Daddy?" at No. 74.

Nickelback's "Never Again" ousts System Of A Down's "Aerials" from the top of the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally, but the latter track bumps the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" from No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally. "Never Again" gives Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger his third No. 1 of the year, as his "Hero" featuring Josey Scott and Nickelback's "Too Bad" both reached the pinnacle of the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Overall album sales got a small boost from the new debuts, up 4% to 10.3 million this week. But that's a whopping 14.5% lower than last year's comparable week, and year-to-date sales still lag behind last year by 10.7%. As the calendar marches towards the holiday season, the parade of superstar releases in the fourth quarter will determine whether 2002 can come close to last year's total sales. Look for an RCA set of Elvis Presley hits to top next week's chart, with projected sales numbers of more than 400,000 units.