Bad Boy act Day26 replaces labelmate Danity Kane atop the Billboard 200, marking the first time Diddy's label has scored back-to-back No. 1 albums ... Panic at the Disco's new set, "Pretty. Odd.," settles for the runner-up slot in its first week out ... Counting Crows notch their highest-charting album since 1996 as their fifth studio set bows at No. 3 ... The Raconteurs' surprise release starts in the top 10 ... The B-52s' first studio effort in nearly 16 years, "Funplex," bows at No. 11 ... In Progress Reports, we've got historic news on the Billboard Hot 100 about Mariah Carey and Madonna. Carey scores her 18th No. 1 with "Touch My Body," giving her the most No. 1s for a solo artist. Meanwhile, Madonna's "4 Minutes" zooms to No. 3 on the Hot 100, giving the diva her record-breaking 37th top 10 hit. She was previously tied with Elvis Presley for the most top 10 singles among all artists in the rock era.
It's Bad Boy's world, we're just living in it. Diddy's label scores back-to-back No. 1 albums this week, as Day26 replaces labelmate Danity Kane atop the Billboard 200. The "Making the Band"-assembled Day26 sees its self-titled set start with 190,000. It's the 11th chart-topper for the Bad Boy label and the highest bow for a debut album by a group since, well, Danity Kane's eponymous set started at No. 1 in 2006. To expand further, the last time a debut set from a new male group opened at No. 1 was when rap act D12 started in the penthouse with "Devil's Night" in 2001 ... Do we need to remind you that MTV's "Making the Band" also put together Danity Kane?
The Atlantic Group has a lot to celebrate too, since Bad Boy calls the house that Ahmet Ertegun built its home. This is the first time Atlantic has had successive No. 1s on the Billboard 200 in a year. The company last achieved the feat when Music Soulchild's "Luvanmusiq" (Atlantic/AG) replaced the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" (Bad Boy/AG). Day26's set is the 61st No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the Atlantic family, stretching back to its first chart-topper, Cream's "Wheels of Fire," on the Atco label in 1968.
Panic at the Disco settles for a No. 2 debut with its sophomore set, "Pretty. Odd." The album shifted 139,000 in its premiere week, easily marking the act's best sales frame. Its first set, "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out," notched its highest sales week with 45,000 during Christmas week of 2006. This week, the new album's lead single, "Nine in the Afternoon," rises to No. 10 on the Modern Rock radio airplay chart, a new peak for the single.
Counting Crows debut at No. 3 with their fifth studio set, "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings" (106,000). It's the band's highest-charting album since "Recovering the Satellites" bowed at No. 1 in 1996. The new one is a concept set, with the first half of the album made up of rock tunes while the second half is country songs. The band's last studio set, "Hard Candy," bowed at No. 5 with 138,000 in 2002.
The surprise album from the Raconteurs, "Consolers of the Lonely," starts at No. 7 with 42,000. The set's existence wasn't announced until March 18, a week before street date. The press release touting the album stated: "The Raconteurs are happy to announce that in one week's time their second album, entitled 'Consolers of the Lonely,' will be available EVERYWHERE Tuesday, March 25th. 'Album' meaning: full length vinyl, CD and digital formats; and 'everywhere' meaning: local mom and pop Indie retailers, corporate superstores, supermarkets, iTunes, Amazon, the band's own Web site and any other location that could get the record up and going this quickly (some places couldn't move this fast, so they will join in as soon as they can)." The act, which includes Jack White and Brendon Benson, saw its debut set, "Broken Boy Soldiers," start at No. 7 with 61,000 in 2006.
The B-52s return to the Billboard 200 with their first studio album in nearly 16 years: "Funplex" bows at No. 11 with 30,000. Their last studio effort, "Good Stuff," peaked at No. 16 in July 1992. Since then, the eclectic act has only charted one other time, with the 1998 greatest-hits package "Time Capsule—Songs for a Future Generation," which debuted and peaked at No. 93 ... The Athens, Ga., band's Billboard 200 chart history dates back to Aug. 11, 1979, when its self-titled set debuted on the tally.
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||DAY26 DAY26 (Bad Boy / AG)||*11||New||THE B-52S Funplex (Astralwerks )|
|*2||New||PANIC AT THE DISCO Pretty.Odd. (Decaydance / Fueled By Ramen / AG)||*12||18||GNARLS BARKLEY The Odd Couple (Downtown / Atlantic / AG)|
|*3||New||COUNTING CROWS Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (Geffen / Interscope)||13||7||SNOOP DOGG Ego Trippin (Doggystyle / Geffen / IGA)|
|4||1||DANITY KANE Welcome To The Dollhouse (Bad Boy / AG)||14||8||TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )|
|5||2||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 27 (Sony BMG / EMI / Universal / Zomba / Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group)||15||14||ALAN JACKSON Good Time (Arista Nashville / SBN)|
|6||3||RICK ROSS Trilla (Slip-N-Slide / Def Jam / IDJMG)||16||11||SOUNDTRACK Alvin And The Chipmunks (Fox / Razor & Tie)|
|*7||New||THE RACONTEURS Consolers of the Lonely (Third Man )||17||13||ALICIA KEYS As I Am (MBK / J / RMG)|
|8||5||JACK JOHNSON Sleep Through The Static (Brushfire / UMRG)||*18||New||ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 95/08 Exitos (Universal Latino )|
|9||4||FLO RIDA Mail On Sunday (Poe Boy / Atlantic / AG)||19||12||JONAS BROTHERS Jonas Brothers (Hollywood )|
|10||9||SARA BAREILLES Little Voice (Epic / Sony Music)||20||10||MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best Of Both Worlds Concert (Hollywood / Walt Disney)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 7.71 million units
DOWN 12.7% from last issue's charts: 8.84 million units
DOWN 15.6% from same week, 2007: 9.15 million units
This week: The top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: The top four of the Billboard 200 welcomed new entries. Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" started at No. 1 with 325,000 while "Now 24," Young Buck and Mims rounded out the quartet of debuts. Additionally, Good Charlotte, Elton John and Jennifer Lopez bowed at Nos. 7, 9 and 10, respectively. The top three albums each sold 100,000.
The No. 20 album this week, Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana 2/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Concert" (Walt Disney), sold 22,000.
The No. 20 album for the same week of 2007, Musiq Soulchild's "Luvanmusiq" (Atlantic/AG), sold 35,000.
Average total of the No. 20 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 45,992.
Two leading ladies, Mariah Carey and Madonna, leapfrog over Elvis Presley in Billboard charts' record book.
As expected, Carey moves past Elvis and into sole possession of second place for most No. 1s in the rock era as "Touch My Body" soars 15-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to become her 18th chart-topper. With her album "E=MC2" yet to hit retail, the Beatles' record of 20 No. 1s might be equaled or even surpassed before Carey's set runs its course. The blast of "Body" to No. 1 is fueled by a record-setting debut-week digital tally of 286,000 downloads. That sum, good enough for the No. 1 slot on Hot Digital Songs, surpasses the 277,000 downloads labelmate Rihanna opened with on the June 9, 2007, chart with her summer smash "Umbrella."
Elvis will also be nudged from his standing as the artist with the most top 10 singles in the rock era as Madonna surpasses him with her 37th top 10, "4 Minutes." The track, which features Justin Timberlake, clocks a 68-3 jump on the Billboard Hot 100. Previous to the establishment of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, the industry standard chart was the Best Sellers in Stores tally, where Elvis scored his first 12 top 10 hits.
Like Carey's "Touch," Madonna's Hot 100 spike is spurred by stupendous downloads sales. "4 Minutes" shifts 217,000 in its first week of wide release (it had been available as a Verizon exclusive) to enter Hot Digital Songs at No. 2. It is the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital sales that two titles debut simultaneously on Hot Digital Songs with more than 200,000 downloads each. The week also marks the best single-week digital tally in either artist's career.
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: George Strait's "Troubadour," R.E.M.'s "Accelerate," the Rolling Stones' "Shine a Light," Josh Gracin's "We Weren't Crazy," Kylie Minogue's "X," Moby's "Last Night" and Van Morrison's "Keep It Simple."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: The "Now 24" hits set climbed one spot to No. 1, celebrating its first week at the top of the chart (213,000). Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" slipped to No. 2 with 177,000 while five albums bowed in the top 10. The top six albums each sold 100,000.