"Long Road out of Eden," the Eagles' first full-length studio album since 1979's "The Long Run," debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with a whopping 711,000 -- the second-largest sales week of the year. "Eden" was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, its Web site, Sam's Club and the Eagles' official Web site ... Britney Spears' "Blackout" settles for the runner-up slot with a still-handsome 290,000 ... The Billboard 200's top 10 also welcomes bows from Avenged Sevenfold, Josh Turner, Backstreet Boys and Andrea Bocelli ... Revamped and reissued editions of Flyleaf and Jonas Brothers' respective albums yield big jumps ... And Christmas is very much in the air on the charts, now that Halloween has passed, as a number of holiday efforts post handsome gains.
The Eagles' "Long Road out of Eden" blasts onto The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with 711,000 -- the second-largest sales week of the year, trailing only Kanye West's 960,000 debut with "Graduation." Since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, Eagles' previous best sales week came during Christmas week of 1994 when "Hell Freezes Over" moved 588,000. "Long Road out of Eden" marks the legendary band's sixth No. 1 album, stretching back to 1975's "One of These Nights." Only three other groups in the history of The Billboard 200 have more No. 1s -- the Beatles (19), the Rolling Stones (nine) and Led Zeppelin (seven).
"Long Road out of Eden" was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, its Web site, Sam's Club and the Eagles' official Web site. In consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard will now allow exclusive album titles that are only available through one retailer to appear on The Billboard 200 and other Billboard charts, effective with this week's charts. Prior to this, proprietary titles were not eligible to appear on most Billboard charts. Previously, titles that were not generally available at retail were not eligible to appear on The Billboard 200, but were entitled to chart on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums list, which includes catalog titles and proprietary albums from retailers willing to report those sales.
Britney Spears debuts at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 with "Blackout," selling 290,000. Her previous four studio sets all opened atop the chart. She earns the distinction of being the only woman to see her first five studio albums debut in the top two slots on the chart ... Spears' last studio effort, 2003's "In the Zone," started with 609,000. Previous to that, she entered atop the big chart with "Britney" (746,000 in 2001), "Oops! ... I Did It Again" (1,319,000 in 2000) and "... Baby One More Time" (121,000 in 1999). After "In the Zone," she issued the best-of compilation "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" in 2004 (No. 4 debut with 255,000) and the remix collection "B in the Mix: The Remixes" in 2005 (No. 134 debut with 14,000) ... Last week's No. 1, Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride," slips to No. 3, selling 170,000 (down 68%).
Rock band Avenged Sevenfold easily notches its best sales week yet as its fourth full-length album bows at No. 4 with 94,000. The group's last set, 2005's "City of Evil," debuted and peaked at No. 30 when it opened with 33,000. The band's second album, 2003's "Waking the Fallen," missed The Billboard 200 but peaked at No. 15 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Its first album, 2001's "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet," didn't reach any Billboard tally ... Country singer Josh Turner scores his second top 10 album on The Billboard 200 as "Everything Is Fine" starts with 84,000 at No. 5. It also begins at No. 2 on Top Country Albums. The album's lead single, "Firecracker," holds at No. 8 with a bullet on the Hot Country Songs chart this week.
Spears' Jive labelmates Backstreet Boys also debut this week as the group's "Unbreakable" bows at No. 7 with 81,000. The act, now reduced to a quartet after the departure of Kevin Richardson, saw its last album, "Never Gone," start at No. 3 with 291,000 in 2005 ... Andrea Bocelli's first greatest-hits collection, "The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere," begins at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 with 68,000 ... In non-debut news this week, thanks to the rerelease of Jonas Brothers' self-titled album last week, the set zooms from No. 44 to No. 20 with a 90% gain. The reissue, subtitled "The Bonus Jonas Edition," comes equipped with two extra audio tracks (including one with Miley Cyrus) and a DVD. Speaking of rereleases, Flyleaf did the same thing last week, augmenting its self-titled set with an assortment of acoustic tracks and a DVD with numerous videos. The album jumps from No. 121 to No. 62 with a 124% gain.
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden (Wal*Mart Exclusive) (ERC )||11||10||SOUNDTRACK High School Musical 2 (Walt Disney )|
|*2||New||BRITNEY SPEARS Blackout (Jive / Zomba)||12||7||KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)|
|3||1||CARRIE UNDERWOOD Carnival Ride (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG/SBN)||13||15||COLBIE CAILLAT Coco (Universal Republic / UMRG)|
|*4||New||AVENGED SEVENFOLD Avenged Sevenfold (Hopeless / Warner Bros.)||14||12||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic (Columbia / Sony Music)|
|*5||New||JOSH TURNER Everything Is Fine (MCA Nashville )||15||14||REBA MCENTIRE Reba Duets (MCA Nashville / UMGN)|
|6||2||ROBERT PLANT / ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand (Rounder )||16||17||MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus (Walt Disney / Hollywood )|
|*7||New||BACKSTREET BOYS Unbreakable (Jive / Zomba)||17||16||KANYE WEST Graduation (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG)|
|*8||5||JOSH GROBAN Noel (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)||18||19||KEYSHIA COLE Just Like You (Confidential / Imani / Geffen / IGA)|
|*9||New||ANDREA BOCELLI The Best Of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere (Sugar / Decca / Universal Classics Group)||19||18||SOULJA BOY TELL'EM souljaboytellem.com (ColliPark / Interscope / IGA)|
|10||8||RASCAL FLATTS Still Feels Good (Lyric Street / Hollywood)||*20||44||JONAS BROTHERS Jonas Brothers (Hollywood )|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 9.25 million units
UP 10.9% from last issue's charts: 8.34 million units
DOWN 13.3% from same week, 2006: 10.67 million units
This week: The top three albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on The Billboard 200: the soundtrack from Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" stayed put at No. 1, shifting 203,000 in its second week. Barry Manilow's "Greatest Songs of the Sixties" started in the runner-up slot with 202,000. Five more debuts rounded out the top 10 that week. The top four albums each sold more than 100,000.
The No. 50 album this week, LeAnn Rimes' "Family," (Curb) sold 16,000.
The No. 50 album for the same week of 2006, "WOW Hits 2007," (Word-Curb/Provident-Integrity/EMI CMG), sold 18,000.
Average total of the No. 50 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1998-2007): 22,740.
Now that Halloween is in the rear view mirror and Thanksgiving is fast approaching, Christmas albums on The Billboard 200 are starting to kick into high gear. Josh Groban's "Noel" earns a 16% increase while moving from No. 5 to No. 7. The four debuts ahead of Groban force the title to take a tiny tumble despite his gain. Other holiday albums that gain on the chart this week include Mannheim Steamroller's "Christmas Song" (No. 35, up 41%), Toby Keith's "A Classic Christmas" (No. 72, up 4%), the "Disney Channel Holiday" compilation (No. 98, up 74%) and Michael W. Smith's "It's a Wonderful Christmas" (No. 121, up 27%). Three more Christmas albums debut on The Billboard 200 this week -- Larry the Cable Guy's "Christmastime in Larryland" (No. 105), a Trans-Siberian Orchestra self-titled EP (No. 132) and Elvis Presley's "Home for the Holidays" (No. 165).
This week, Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" hits its 12th week at No. 1 on the Alternative/Modern Rock radio chart. The single is only the 12th in the history of the chart to be No. 1 for 12 weeks or more. The last to do so was Linkin Park's "What I've Done" (15 weeks) earlier this year. Coincidentally, what song was stuck at No. 2 for nine weeks parked behind "Pretender"? Why, Linkin Park's "Bleed It Out," which finally retreats from the runner-up slot this week, slipping to No. 4. Don't cry for Linkin Park though, as its new single "Shadow of the Day" rises from No. 17 to No. 14 on the chart this week.
RBD, the group born out of the Mexican TV soap opera "Rebelde" earlier in the decade, blasts from No. 38 to No. 10 in its second week on the Latin Pop airplay chart with "Inalcanzable." The track's 28-position flight is the largest on the chart since the band's "Ser O Parecer" shot from No. 40 to No. 3 on the Oct. 28 2006 chart. "Inalcanzable" is RBD's sixth top 10 on the Latin Pop chart and also debuts on the Hot Latin Songs chart at No. 32. (The latter chart surveys all formats of Latin radio, including Pop, Tropical, Rhythm and Regional Mexican.) "Inalcanzable" off the band's fourth Spanish-language studio set, "Empezar Desde Cero," due Nov. 20.
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits," Jay-Z's "American Gangster," Chris Brown's "Exclusive," Angels and Airwaves' "I-Empire" and Little Big Town's "A Place to Land."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2006 when: the "Now 23" album bowed at No. 1 with 337,000. Josh Groban's "Awake" started at No. 2 with 270,000 while Keith Urban's "Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing" debuted at No. 3 with 270,000. Sugarland's sophomore set, "Enjoy the Ride," began at No. 4 with 211,000 while Jim Jones' "Hustler's P.O.M.E." entered at No. 6 with 106,000. The top six albums each sold more than 100,000.