After selling more than 90,000 copies, Zwan's Mary Star of the Sea is also the star of the next Billboard 200 albums chart.
The 14-song album from former Smashing Pumpkins figurehead Billy Corgan's latest project makes the highest debut on the chart, landing at #3 behind the Dixie Chicks' Home and Norah Jones' Come Away With Me, which drops to #2 after three weeks at #1.
The second runner-up slot is familiar territory for Corgan, whose final album with the Pumpkins, Machina/the Machines of God, landed in that slot three years ago. However, the Pumpkins disc sold 165,000 copies in its first week, a 75,000-unit advantage over Mary Star of the Sea.
After 23 weeks on the chart, the Chicks' Home reclaims the top slot, with more then 103,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (February 5). It narrowly beat out Jones' Come Away With Me, whose five Grammy nominations helped it sell another 100,000 copies last week.
While Kid Rock's Cocky maintains its #7 position for a second week, its weekly pull increased thanks to the crossover popularity of its fourth single, "Picture" (see "Kid Rock's Dead-In-The-Water Cocky Comes Back To Life"). Sales of Rock's 15-month-old album increased by nearly 20,000 copies last week to 75,000 units, bringing its total sales to more than 2.4 million.
A lip-synced medley of hits rendered at Super Bowl XXXVII helped Shania Twain's Up! sell 20,000 more copies than it did the week prior, with its 66,000-copy draw pushing it from #12 to #8. After 11 weeks in stores, the country-pop singer's fourth album has sold more than 3.2 million copies.
Rounding out the top 10 are Avril Lavigne's Let Go dropping a spot to #4 (80,000); Jennifer Lopez's This Is Me ... Then staying put at #5 for a third week (79,000); the soundtrack to "Chicago" slipping four to #6 (78,000); Missy Elliott's Under Construction losing a step to #9 (61,000); and the "8 Mile" soundtrack descending four notches to #10 (54,000).
Grammy nominees and performers John Mayer and Coldplay are maintaining the upward trajectory they've been riding since the nominations were announced last month. Mayer's Room for Squares slips one spot to #18 (42,000) but sold 7,000 more copies than the previous week. Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head, meanwhile, jumps five spots to #20 after a more than 9,000-copy increase.
Tyrese's I Wanna Go There takes a 10-spot leap to #23, thanks to the mounting popularity of the single "How You Gonna Act Like That." The sexy singer's third LP sold roughly 8,000 more copies than it did the previous week for a total of 240,000.
The net worth of 50 Cent's mixtape Guess Who's Back? continues to accumulate, as it jumps from #43 to #28 on a 10,000-copy surge. Pop fans just can't seem to hear enough of "All the Things She Said," T.A.T.U.'s latest single — the teen duo's debut jumps 20 places to #33.
The biggest gainer in the top 40 is Jamaican dancehall singer Sean Paul. His second U.S. album, Dutty Rock, vaults 52 spots to #39 after selling 12,000 more copies than the previous week thanks to the single "Get Busy."
Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman sold a whopping 51,000 copies of his latest LP, All About Love, to debut at #12. Other notable new entries include the compilation Absolute Body and Soul, featuring Alicia Keys, D'Angelo and Usher, at #73; Other People's Songs, a covers album by '80s synth-pop duo Erasure at #138; More Music From 'Coyote Ugly,' the 2000 flick's second soundtrack, which includes Blondie, Billy Idol and Fastball, at #144.