Hard rock act System Of A Down storms The Billboard 200 this week with a No. 1 debut for its sophomore set, “Toxicity” (American/Columbia). The album, the only high entry for the week, sold 222,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, a monumental increase over the 3,000 units moved by the group’s initial, self-titled offering in its first week. That set peaked at No. 124 during a 33-week chart run.
[Editors note: due to the emergency situation in New York, incorrect data was initially used in compiling The Billboard 200, which showed System Of A Down at No. 2. The incorrect chart is still posted on Billboard.com due to ongoing technical issues; a correct Billboard 200 chart will be posted as soon as possible.]
While SOAD’s 1998’s offering posted low debut numbers, the set has sold steadily since its release, having now moved about 764,000 units. The group, whose current single “Chop Suey” is No. 14 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks tally, made headlines last week after a minor melee erupted when a free show in its hometown of Los Angeles was cancelled.
Meanwhile, SOAD’s co-headlining Pledge of Allegiance tour with Slipknot, which was due to begin tomorrow (Sept. 14) near Chicago, has been pushed to Sept. 21, with other early dates on the tour postponed until October.
It’s the second week in a row a hard rock act charts high, after Slipknot’s “Iowa” (Roadrunner/IDJMG) opened at No. 3 last week. The masked group experiences a 66% drop-off in its second week, falling to No. 12 with 88,000 units sold. Slipknot’s “Left Behind” is No. 30 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Alicia Keys’ “Songs in A Minor” (J) jumps 4-2 with an increase of 22,000 units sold. Keys likely got the boost after her performance last week on MTV’s Video Music Awards, as did several other artists who played live on the telecast. Staind’s “Break the Cycle” (Flip/Elektra/EEG) climbs 13-6, a 13% increase, while Linkin Park also returns to the top-10 with “[Hybrid Theory]” (Warner Bros.), moving 11-7, an 11% increase. Jennifer Lopez jumps 16-11 with “J. Lo” (Epic), up 5%, while U2’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (Interscope) soars 104-78, a 19% increase.
Aaliyah’s self-titled Blackground/Virgin release continues to perform well since the singer’s Aug. 25 passing, falling 4-1, yet still selling 192,349 units. Last week’s top debut, Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” (MCA) takes a 50% dip, falling 2-5. Blige’s single, “Family Affair,” has a new peak position on The Billboard Hot 100, inching up 12-9.
Lopez’s “I’m Real” featuring Ja Rule continues to lead the Hot 100, where it is No. 1 for a third straight week over Keys’ “Fallin’.” The latter cut, however, is the Hot 100’s fastest-growing track at retail. “I’m Real” is at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where Jagged Edge’s “Where the Party At?” featuring Nelly is No. 1.
The Hot 100’s fastest growing track at radio this week is Ginuwine’s “Differences,” charging 22-14. The track is No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally. The top debut on the Hot 100 is ‘N Sync’s “Gone,” arriving at No. 63. Other top debuts on the Hot 100 include Incubus’s “Wish You Were Here” at No. 77 and Usher’s “U Got It Bad” at No. 93.
Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally has a new No. 1 with Cyndi Thomson’s “What I Really Meant to Say.” The cut jumps 3-1 this week, while her Capitol debut “My World” rests at No. 11 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally. The Mercury soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is once again No. 1 on that chart, now in its 20th non-consecutive week at the top.
Nickelback has the No. 1 song on both Billboard’s Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks charts, entering a second week atop the former with “How You Remind Me.”