Although Elvis Presley “left the building” for good some 25 years ago, the King has made his way back into record stores in a big way.
Elvis 30 #1 Hits, a best-of compilation featuring such favorites as “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Jailhouse Rock,” as well as JXL’s remix of “A Little Less Conversation” that became a World Cup hit in the U.K. this summer, will grace the top of next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart after having sold more than half a million copies its first week in stores, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (October 2). Contrary to the advertising slogan attached to the album, “Before anyone did anything, he did everything,” Presley never had an LP debut in the #1 position on the albums chart …until now. The King’s collection also reigned supreme on charts in 16 other territories, including the U.K., Canada, France, Australia, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.
Elvis’ return will keep the Dixie Chicks’ Home at the #2 position, with weekly sales of more than 133,000 copies, and Avril Lavigne’s Let Go at #3, totaling at 124,000 copies. The current #1 album, Disturbed’s Believe, will drop three spots to #4, having sold more than 117,000 copies, less than half of its previous chart-topping total.
India.Arie’s second album, Voyage to India, will make its chart debut at #6, with more than 109,000 in sales. The neo-soul diva’s follow-up to last year’s Acoustic Soul was met with high expectations and its first single, “Little Things,” apparently didn’t come up short.
Post-modern poster boy Beck will land at #8 with his seventh album and first in almost three years, Sea Change, while Peter Gabriel’s Up, the successor to his soundtrack to the Australian indie film “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” which was released in April, will make its chart debut at #9. Nas’ The Lost Tapes, composed of hardly stale leftovers from 1999′s I Am … and last year’s Stillmatic, will find itself at #10, with more than 70,000 copies sold in its first week out.
Nelly’s Nellyville will take a step back to #5 and Eminem’s The Eminem Show will take two to #7 to round out the top 10.
The deepest dives in next week’s top 20 come courtesy of Ludacris’ posse Disturbing Tha Peace, whose Golden Grain will drop six spots to #12, and Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 10, which will move the same distance down to #20.
Spiritual MC Pastor Troy’s fifth album, Universal Soldier, will represent the Dirty South at #13, with more than 52,000 copies sold, while the soundtrack to “Brown Sugar,” which features contributions from Mos Def, Common and the Roots, who also appear in the film about the hip-hop industry, will enter the chart at #18.
Ryan Adams’ Demolition, the improper follow-up to last year’s Gold, will place at #28. Constructed of songs from unreleased studio sessions following the recording of Gold, Demolition, featuring first single “Nuclear,” moved more than 27,000 copies.
Kid Rock DJ Uncle Kracker’s No Stranger to Shame, his second solo album, will come in at #43, thanks to first single “In a Little While,” whose video features Kracker’s friend and labelmate Willa Ford.
Lifehouse’s Stanley Climbfall did more falling than climbing after debuting last week at #7. The band’s follow-up to 2000′s No Name Face will drop 23 spots to #30, while its weekly total was cut by approximately 65 percent, from almost 75,000 to more than 26,000.
Enrique Iglesias’ Quizas also shows a tremendous lack of staying power, as the Spanish-language album will plummet to #52 with a 19,000 weekly tally, after debuting at #12 with more than 48,000 copies sold. A reissue of John Mayer’s first EP, Inside Wants Out, doesn’t fare much better. After fans without it snatched up enough copies for a #22 debut, it will slide down to #86.
Other notable chart debuts include country star Travis Tritt’s Strong Enough at #27; Jackson Browne’s first studio LP in six years, Naked Ride Home, at #36; Queen’s three-disc best-of Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection at #48; the soundtrack to “Once More With Feeling,” the musical episode of TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” at #49; dark-side troubadour Steve Earle’s Jerusalem, featuring the controversial “John Walker’s Blues,” at #59; Chicago’s double album The Very Best Of: Only the Beginning at #63; Southern rappers UGK’s fifth album, Side Hustles, at #70; firearm-fixated Tech N9ne’s Absolute Power at #79; the “Sweet Home Alabama” soundtrack, featuring Jewel covering Lynyrd Skynyrd’s title track and a new song from Avril Lavigne, at #97; “Jackass” affiliates CKY’s Infiltrate-Destroy-Rebuild at #99; B-Legit’s confessional Hard 2 B-Legit at #111; Bonnaroo Music Festival 2002, a live LP captured during this summer’s jam-band festival, at #117; trance duo Underworld’s A Hundred Days Off at #122; former Old 97′s frontman Rhett Miller’s Instigator at #126; rootsy rockers Tonic’s Head on Straight at #141; Primus bassist Les Claypool’s solo foray, Purple Onion, at #145; and nü-metallers Project 86′s third album, Truthless Heroes, at #146.