With its new single firmly planted near the top of the Billboard Hot 100, pop/rock outfit Fall Out Boy scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with the Island set “Infinity on High.” The album sold 260,000 copies in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Fall Out Boy’s last album, “From Under the Cork Tree,” topped out at No. 9 in 2005.
After bowing at No. 1 last week, Norah Jones’ “Not Too Late” (Blue Note) drops to No. 2 with 236,000 and a 42% sales slip. With only a 1% sales slide, Daughtry’s self-titled RCA debut stays at No. 3 for a third week, selling 76,000 copies. Akon’s “Konvicted” (SRC/Universal) climbs 6-4 with a 15% jump to 65,000. The album previously peaked at No. 2.
“High School Musical” star Ashley Tisdale opens at No. 5 with her Warner Bros. solo debut, “Headstrong,” which sold 64,000. She previously became the first female artist to debut with two singles on the Hot 100 at the same time, with a pair of tracks culled from the film’s soundtrack.
Robin Thicke’s “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” (Star Trak/Interscope) continues to gain sales traction, sliding up 9-6 with a 17% sales increase to 61,000. The “2007 Grammy Nominees” compilation enjoys a 28% boost, moving 10-7 with only a couple dozen copies fewer sold than Thicke.
North Carolina-based country singer Jason Michael Carroll has a big week with his Arista Nashville debut “Waitin’ in the Country,” which lands at No. 8 with 58,000. The single “Alyssa Lies,” which is No. 7 on the Hot Country Songs chart, has fueled interest in the album.
In its 34th week on the chart, Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled Capitol debut re-enters the top tier, rocketing up 17-9 with 52,000 (+32%). The British singer/songwriter appeared alongside John Legend and John Mayer at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 11) and will be touring with Legend this spring. She was nominated for best new artist but lost to Carrie Underwood.
Justin Timberlake, another omnipresent force at the Grammy ceremony, tops off the top 10, with “FutureSex/LoveSounds” ascending 16-10 with 48,000 (+24%).
British rock troupe Bloc Party sophomore album “Weekend in the City” (Vice/Atlantic) achieves a No. 12 entry with 48,000, a far more impressive showing than the No. 114 peak of their debut “Silent Alarm” in 2005. Patty Griffin can celebrate her best charting week ever with “Children Running Through” debuting at No. 34 with 27,000.
Other big debuts this week include Jordan Pruitt’s “No Ordinary” (Disney, No. 64, 14,000), the Used’s live set “Berth” (Reprise, No. 71, 13,000) and Bayside’s “The Walking Wounded” (Victory, No. 75, 13,000).
Album sales are up 4.7% from last week’s total at 9.82 million units but down 22.4% from the same week in 2006. Overall albums sales for the year are down 15.8% from the year before at 53.3 million units.