Creed’s “Weathered” (Wind-Up) soars to the top of The Billboard 200 this week after selling a whopping 887,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan, and leads a charge of four top-10 debuts. This easily marks Creed’s best week on the chart, blowing by the 316,000 first-week units the band’s “Human Clay” sold in October 1999.
The faith-enlightened Florida quartet has sold more than 10 million copies of “Human Clay,” fueled by the radio success of such tracks as “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open,” the latter of which hit No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. This week, Creed’s “My Sacrifice” scoots 22-17 on the Hot 100. The song is No. 2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The eighth volume in the “NOW That’s What I Call Music!”(EMI/Zomba/Sony/Universal) series blasts to No. 2 on sales of 550,000 units, a slight decline from the 621,000 first-week sales figure the seventh volume hit back in August. The latter opened at No. 1, a position it held for three weeks. Yet with the “NOW That’s What I Call Christmas!” set flying 15-5, this marks the first time two “NOW” albums have been in the top-5 simultaneously. The seventh volume is currently at No. 33.
Kid Rock’s “Cocky” (Lava/Atlantic) stomps in at No. 7 on sales of 223,000 units, a hefty decline from the 457,000 first-week units his “History of Rock” moved last June. That album, a compilation of mostly early material, has sold 2.2 million copies to date. His breakthrough, “Devil Without a Cause,” has sold 7.6 million copies.
Pink’s “Missundazstood” (Arista) shimmies its way to No. 8 on the strength of 220,000 units sold, driven by the success of her single, “Get the Party Started.” The cut hops 13-9 on the Hot 100. Pink’s debut set entered The Billboard 200 with 52,000 units last April, but has since sold 2 million.
Last week’s No. 1, Garth Brooks’ “Scarecrow” (Capitol), had an outstanding second week, with sales declining only 5% to 443,000 units, but the title falls from No. 1 to No. 4. Brooks is easily No. 1 for a second-straight week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally, but isn’t able to gain any ground on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally, where his “Wrapped up in You” stays put at No. 9. Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me” leads that chart for a third-straight week.
Sales, generally, are inflated during the holiday season, which explains the third-week boost given to Britney Spears’ “Britney” (Jive), which has an increase of 34% to 451,000 units, yet dips to No. 3 on The Billboard 200 behind the two new entries at the top of the chart. Enya’s “A Day Without Rain” (Reprise) also benefits from a strong sales hike of 44% to 230,000 units. That set is No. 6 on The Billboard 200.
A number of notable debuts arrive outside the top-10 on The Billboard 200, including Timbaland & Magoo’s “Indecent Proposal” (Blackground) at No. 29, the Smashing Pumpkins’ “(Rotten Apples) Greatest Hits” (Virgin) at No. 31, Ghostface Killah’s “Bulletproof Wallets” (Epic) at No. 34, Jill Scott’s “Experience Jill Scott 826+” (Hidden Beach/Epic) at No. 34, and Mick Jagger’s “Goddess in the Doorway” (Virgin) at No. 39.
Both Timbaland & Magoo and Ghostface Killah performed better in urban markets. On Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where Michael Jackson’s “Invincible” is No. 1 for a fourth-straight week, Ghostface Killah’s debut is at No. 2, while Timbaland & Magoo’s album lands at No. 3. Usher’s “U Got It Bad” remains in command of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally for a fourth-straight week.
Mary J. Blige’s “Family Affair” has control of the Hot 100 for a fifth-straight week, once again holding off the Usher track. “Family Affair” is performing best on crossover radio, as evidenced by its slight 5-7 loss on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The Hot 100’s fastest-growing track at radio is Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me,” bumping up 5-4 this week. No surprise, since the song has ruled Billboard’s rock airplay charts for more than two months. “How You Remind Me” is at No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally for the 13th week, and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks count for a 12th week.
The Hot 100’s fastest-growing track at retail is Christina Milian’s “AM to PM,” which stays put at No. 76. The chart’s top debut is Craig David’s “7 Days,” which lands at No. 61. Other notable debuts include No Doubt’s “Hey Baby” featuring Bounty Killer at No. 62 and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bring on the Rain” featuring Tim McGraw at No. 76.