Staind’s “Break the Cycle” (Flip/Elektra/EEG) experienced a 25% sales drop, yet manages to squeak its way past a powerful debut by Radiohead’s “Amnesiac” (Capitol) to spend a third straight week atop The Billboard 200. “Amnesiac” sold a smashing 231,000 units, according to SoundScan, besting the band’s 207,000 first-week sales total of last year’s “Kid A,” which opened at No. 1. “Kid A,” however, didn’t have to compete against a hard rock set like “Break the Cycle,” which moved 245,000 units this week.
“Amnesiac” sets a new single-week sales mark for Radiohead, likely due to the fact that the band has once again agreed to make videos — “Pyramid Song” is in heavy rotation on MTV2 — and the band will on Monday (June 18) begin a much anticipated North American tour in Texas. “I Might Be Wrong,” the first domestic single from “Amnesiac,” is No. 27 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
St. Louis-based rap act St. Lunatics bow at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with “Free City” (Fo’ Reel/Universal) on the strength of 196,000 units sold. The Midwestern hip-hop group owes its success to principal member Nelly, whose “Country Grammar” (Fo’ Reel/Universal) is at No. 21 on The Billboard 200 in its 50th week on the chart. The set has sold more than 6.6 million units in less than one year, and its single, “Ride Wit Me” featuring is City Spud, is at No. 3 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Teen pop singer Jessica Simpson has a strong first week showing with “Irresistible” (Columbia). Her second album moved 120,000 units to arrive at No. 6 on The Billboard 200, a masterly gain over her previous set, 1999’s “Sweet Kisses,” which debuted at No. 65 and sold 65,000 units in its first week. Her current single, the album’s title track, is at No. 18 on the Hot 100.
Rapper Turk’s solo debut, “Young & Thuggin'” (Cash Money/Universal), screeches into the upper echelon of the chart, landing at No. 9 after moving 90,000 units. The set is No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hop Hop Albums chart. A member of the Hot Boys, Turk is already on his way to putting up numbers that rival those of his group. The Hot Boys’ last set, “Guerrilla Warfare” (Uptown/Universal) has sold more than 1.3 million units since its 1999 release.
Other notable debuts on The Billboard 200 include the soundtrack to “The Fast and the Furious” (Murder Inc./Def Jam), which speeds it way to No. 13; Lucinda Williams’ “Essence” (Lost Highway) at No. 28 with 44,500 units sold (more than double the 21,000 units her Grammy-winning 1998 Mercury set, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” moved in its first week); and Trisha Yearwood’s “Inside Out” (MCA Nashville), which bounds in at No. 29.
Yearwood nabs the No. 1 crown on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, ending Tim McGraw’s six-week reign with “Set This Circus Down” (Curb), which drops to No. 2. McGraw’s “Grown Men Don’t Cry” also falls to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally, with Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” jumping three slots to the top.
The high profile debuts force the Interscope soundtrack to “Moulin Rouge” down 3-4 on The Billboard 200. The slide occurs even though the album is the beneficiary of a 34% sales increase, selling 180,000 units in its fifth week on the chart. The set’s single, “Lady Marmalade” — performed by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, and Lil’ Kim — coasts into a fourth week atop the Hot 100.
The song had it easy, facing few challengers, as Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” is the only track in the top-10 that shows significant gains, hopping 9-5. Still, Lil’ Romeo’s “My Baby” continues to inch its way up the chart, moving 6-4. The single is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart for a sixth straight week, holding off a charge from Lil’ Zane’s “None Tonight,” which bounds 5-2. Lil’ Romeo is once again No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, settling in behind R. Kelly’s “Fiesta” featuring Jay-Z, at No. 1 for a fourth straight week.
The Hot 100’s fastest-growing track at radio is Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious,” which rockets 44-21. The chart’s fastest-growing track at retail is Toya’s “I Do!!,” which rises 52-45. Both tracks are also moving up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, with “Bootylicious” at No. 35 and “I Do!!” at No. 25.
The Hot 100’s top debut this week is American Hi-Fi’s “Flavor of the Weak,” which flies in at No. 69. Other notable debuts include Janet’s “Someone to Call My Love” at No. 76, Mariah Carey’s “Loverboy” featuring Cameo at No. 79, and Tool’s “Schism” at No. 81.
Rufus Wainwright’s “Poses” (DreamWorks) arrives at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, while the soundtrack to “Swordfish” (Warner Sunset/London-Sire), featuring a score by DJ Paul Oakenfold, lands at No. 3.