Dave Matthews Band Edges Out Aerosmith For #1 Album

Everyday sales drop drastically — but not enough for Just Push Play to take over; Eve debuts at #4.

Though their Just Push Play makes a strong showing on the new Billboard 200 albums chart, upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Aerosmith were unable to just push the Dave Matthews Band from the top spot.

DMB’s Everyday holds on to the #1 spot for a second straight week, despite its sales falling off by almost half a million copies from the previous week. Dave Matthews and crew moved more than 280,000 copies last week — pushing Everyday‘s two-week total past the 1 million mark, according to sales figures issued by SoundScan on Wednesday (March 14).
That was enough to outpace Aerosmith’s just-released Just Push Play — the venerable Beantown rockers sold more than 240,000 copies of their 13th studio album, which debuts at #2 on the new Billboard 200.
The second-place finish for Just Push Play breaks Aerosmith’s run of chart-topping studio-album debuts. Get a Grip entered the albums chart at #1 back in April 1993, while Nine Lives achieved the same feat in March 1997. Aerosmith’s previous release, the live A Little South of Sanity double album, debuted at #12 in October 1998.

Still, Just Push Play managed to squeak past reggae ragamuffin Shaggy’s Hotshot, which drops one spot to #3 (235,000 sold) on the new chart.

The week’s other big chart debut comes courtesy of the Ruff Ryders’ first lady, Eve, who lays the rap sting down on her second album, Scorpion. The album sold about 160,000 copies in its first week in stores, landing at #4.

Rounding out the rest of the new Billboard top 10 are DJ Clue’s The Professional, Part 2, at #5 (128,000 copies sold); Dido’s No Angel, at #6 (113,000); The Beatles 1, at #7 (82,000); Lenny Kravitz’s Greatest Hits, at #8 (80,000); Project Pat’s Mista Don’t Play, at #9 (74,000); and Ja Rule’s Rule 3:36, at #10 (73,000).
The only other records debuting in the top half of the new chart are Mars/Venus, the first album from fledgling R&B duo Koffee Brown, at #32 (43,000 copies sold), and Unwound, the third effort from Sacramento, California’s Oleander, which enters the chart at #94.

Other albums cracking the new Billboard 200: Delbert McClinton’s Nothing Personal, at #103; Alien Ant Farm’s ANThology, at #105; Kim Burrell’s Live in Concert, at #138; the Irish Tenors’ Ellis Island, at #148; Fred Hammond Presents: In Case You Missed It, at #173; Twista’s Legit Ballin’, Vol. 2, at #176; Pam Tillis’ Thunder & Roses, at #183; Fat Music for Fat People, Vol. 5, at #187; and Big Dumb Face’s Duke Lion Fights the Terror!!, at #194.