Chili Peppers Debut High, But Backstreet's Back On Top Of Chart

The Red Hot Chili Peppers stage an impressive return to the charts this week as their new album, "Californication," debuts at number three on next week's "Billboard" album chart.

According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, the album sold more than 188,000 copies in its first week out to land the third spot on next week's chart.

The top two slots bring no new faces as Backstreet Boys hold on to the top spot, and Ricky Martin remains at number two. The Boys sold an additional 371,000 copies of "Millennium" to stay at number one, while Martin sold another 309,000 copies of his self-titled album, pushing its total sales past the two million mark.

Next week also sees a top ten debut from Smash Mouth, whose "Astro Lounge" sold more than 99,000 copies in its first week in stores to slip in at number 10.

Meanwhile, Def Leppard comes within a hair of hitting the top ten with its latest, "Euphoria," after selling more than 98,000 copies to land at number 11.

Other notable new arrivals include Jamiroquai's "Synkronized" at number 28, MC Eiht's "Section 8" at number 54, Pennywise's "Straight Ahead" at 62, Ministry's "Dark Side of the Spoon" at 92, Pavement's "Terror Twilight" at 95, the Moffatts' "Chapter 1 - A New Beginning" at 124, Cibo Matto's "Stereo-Type A" at 171, Biohazard's "New World Disorder" at 187, and Orbital's "Middle Of Nowhere" at 191.

Of the artists that have been hanging around on the chart for a while, Kid Rock continues the long, hard climb to the top that began with the release of "Devil Without A Cause" 10 months ago. This week, the album sees its sales go up yet again, pushing it from number 10 to number six.