Pop-punk pranksters Blink-182 made a serious first week impression on The Billboard 200, ending Staind’s three-week run at No. 1 to take the top spot with “Take off Your Pants and Jacket” (MCA). The set sold 350,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, a hefty first-week increase over the live album “The Tom, Mark and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!),” which moved 110,000 units to debut at No. 8 in November.
This is the San Diego trio’s first No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Blink-182’s last studio album, “Enema of the State,” debuted at No. 9 in 1999 with 110,000 units sold and went on to sell nearly 4 million units in the U.S. “Take off Your Pants and Jacket” was boosted by the success of the single “The Rock Show,” which has worked its way up to No. 3 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
“The Rock Show” remains in a battle with Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile,” which has been the No. 1 cut on Billboard’s Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks charts for 10 weeks. The band’s album, “Break the Cycle” (Flip/Elektra/EEG), experiences a 10% drop in sales, moving 220,000 units, in its slide to No. 2.
With its self-titled Lava/Atlantic/AG album, Sugar Ray enjoys its highest-ever debut on The Billboard 200 at No. 6. The album sold 106,000 copies, stomping all over the 60,000 first-week sales of the band’s 1999 album “14:59,” which went on to sell 2.4 million units. The set’s first single is no slouch either. “When It’s Over” jumps up 34-26 on the Hot 100, perhaps bolstered by a half-time performance last Friday at Game 5 of the National Basketball Association finals.
Other noteworthy debuts include Silk’s “Love Sessions” (Elektra/EEG) at No. 20, AZ’s “Nine Lives” (Motown/Universal) at No. 23, and Travis’ “The Invisible Band” (Independiente/Epic) at No. 39.
Of last week’s big debuts, the St. Lunatics fared best in their sophomore week. The group’s ‘Free City” (Fo’ Reel/Universal), featuring rapper Nelly, suffered a 29% sales decrease to a respectable 140,000 units, and only drops two chart positions to No. 5. The album is No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally for a second straight week, with Silk’s “Love Sessions” right behind it at No. 2 and AZ’s “Nine Lives” at No. 4.
Radiohead’s “Amnesiac” (Capitol) slips 2-8 on The Billboard 200, the victim of a 64% sales dip. Teen pop singer Jessica Simpson drops out of the top-10 with a 36% sales decline, sliding 6-12.
One of the biggest increases on the chart this week comes from the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (Mercury Nashville), which rockets 44-16 with a mighty 139% sales increase. The film was released last week on DVD, and the exposure was enough to muscle the soundtrack back to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally, where last week’s No. 1 debut, Trisha Yearwood’s “Inside Out” (MCA Nashville), falls to No. 4. Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” is the No. 1 single atop Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the second straight week.
“Lady Marmalade” holds at No. 1 on The Hot 100 for a fifth straight week, with Lifehouse’s “Hanging by a Moment” once again at No. 2. The former track’s main threat, however, is the track at No. 3, Lil’ Romeo’s “My Baby.” The cut is the greatest-gainer at retail this week, and tops the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for a sixth straight week. With a little more airplay, the track should be able to overtake “Lady Marmalade.”
In addition, Lil’ Romeo is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles tally for a seventh straight week, this time fending off Screwball’s “Torture” featuring M.O.P. “My Baby” drops a slot to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, making way for 112’s “Peaches & Cream,” which hops to No. 2.
U.K. R&B sensation Craig David is shooting his way up The Hot 100 with “Fill Me In,” which flies 41-28. Janet Jackson’s “Someone To Call My Love” is the chart’s greatest-gainer at radio, rocketing 76-38.
This week’s top Hot 100 debut belongs to country group Rascal Flatts, whose “While You Loved Me” arrives at No. 79. Other noteworthy debuts include Jaheim’s “Just In Case” at No. 82, Violator’s “What it Is” at No. 85, and the St. Lunatics’ “Midwest Swing” at No. 99.