Staind’s “Break the Cycle” (Flip/Elektra) easily holds the top of The Billboard 200 for a second week despite experiencing a sales drop of 54% from its debut week. The hard rock set sold 326,000 units in the U.S. according to SoundScan, bringing its two-week total to just over 1 million, nearly besting the 1.1 million copies that the band’s last album, “Dysfunction,” has sold in the two years since its release. Additionally, the band’s single “It’s Been Awhile” commands Billboard’s Modern and Mainstream Rock charts for an eighth straight week.
The most notable increase on The Billboard 200 this week comes from the Interscope soundtrack to “Moulin Rouge.” Thanks to the nationwide release of the musical, which is No. 4 at U.S. box offices, and the continued radio and MTV rotation of “Lady Marmalade,” the album shoots 8-3, the recipient of a 35% sales gain for a weekly total of 134,000 albums sold. It’s the album’s best week on the chart, and a new peak position. “Lady Marmalade,” meanwhile, performed by Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Pink, settles in for a third straight week atop The Billboard Hot 100. With the quartet due to perform the song on the “MTV Movie Awards” tonight (June 7), that’s where it’s likely to remain.
With a lack of major releases last week, Staind faced few challengers, staking a comfortable lead over the 169,000 units moved by Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” (Columbia), up this week 4-2. The chart boost is most likely fueled by the trio’s latest single, “Bootylicious,” which rockets 66-44 on the Hot 100. “Survivor,” however, isn’t able to post any gains on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, where Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s “Miss E … So Addictive” (the Gold Mind/Elektra) powers its way past Redman’s “Malpractice” (Def Jam) to reclaim the top spot.
Hollywood also contributed to the massive leap of the “Pearl Harbor” soundtrack, which shoots 31-14 on the strength of a 59% sales increase over last week. The album’s only non-score piece, Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be,” also has a slight surge, rising 15-11 on the Hot 100 and 21-14 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. That survey has a new No. 1 in Tim McGraw’s “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” which knocks down Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Happen Twice” to No. 2. McGraw’s latest album, “Set This Circus Down” (Curb), enters its sixth week atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally.
In a relatively slow week for debuts on The Billboard 200, Brad Paisley’s “Part II” (Arista) is tops at No. 31. Paisley sells 38,000 units of his sophomore album, an impressive gain over the 4,000 units his first album, “Who Needs Pictures,” moved in its first week. The set also opens at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart. Additional debuts on The Billboard 200 include the Interscope soundtrack to “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” at No. 38, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Time*Sex*Love” (Columbia Nashville) at No. 52, and Air’s “10,000 Hz. Legend” (Source/Astralwerks) at No. 88.
Jessica Simpson’s “Irresistible” leads a couple of impressive jumps on the Hot 100, where the single flies 32-20, while Craig David’s “Fill Me In” rockets 69-41. The track also has a nice gain on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, moving 43-35. The singer’s North American debut album is due July 31 on Atlantic.
In addition to Simpson, there’s still more evidence on the Hot 100 that the teen pop craze isn’t ready to fade away. This week’s fastest-growing track at retail is Willa Ford’s “I Wanna Be Bad.” The 20 year-old singer has opened for the Backstreet Boys and will get her own full-length release later this year on Atlantic.
The Hot 100’s top selling single, Lil’ Romeo’s “My Baby,” skips 10-6 this week, and makes it five straight weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, where it fends off Bigga Figgaz’ “Who’s Gonna Love Ya.”
The Hot 100’s top debut is Usher’s “U Remind Me,” which arrives at No. 53. The track soars 26-15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally. Other notable Hot 100 debuts include Jo Dee Messina’s “Downtime” at No. 77, Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” at No. 78, Toby Keith’s “I’m Just Talking About Tonight” at No. 83, and Jimmy Cozier’s “She’s All I Got” at No. 86.