Godsmack Slap Linkin Park From #1 Slot On Albums Chart

Faceless, Godsmack's third LP, sells more than 266,000 copies its first week out.

Despite their nondescript album title, Godsmack earned the distinction of topping next week’s Billboard albums chart.

Faceless, the Boston band’s third LP, sold more than 266,000 copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (April 16), breaking Linkin Park’s two-week hold on the top slot. Meteora trailed Godsmack’s aggro opus by more than 80,000 copies to place second on the chart.

Godsmack’s last album, Awake, released on Halloween in 2000, put up nearly similar numbers, 256,000 in its first week, but came in at #5 on the chart.

The Presley surname is hardly out of place in the top of the charts, and Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie, continues the family tradition with To Whom It May Concern. Fronted by the single “Lights Out,” Presley’s debut sold more than 142,000 copies to claim the #5 position.

Ginuwine has got to be exclaiming the title of his hit single “Hell Yeah” at the news that his latest album, The Senior, will place at #6. Written and produced by R. Kelly, “Hell Yeah” helped the R&B crooner’s fourth album sell more than 122,000 copies in its first week.

A greatest-hits collection from the soothing and sensitive James Taylor, titled The Best of James Taylor, that features “Fire and Rain” and “Sweet Baby James,” leads next week’s chart debuts in the #11-#20 bracket, followed by Jay-Z’s condensed combo of Blueprint albums, Blueprint 2.1, at #17.

Lucinda Williams’ beautifully languid World Without Tears will come in right behind Jigga at #18, while Scarface’s Balls and My Word, which cops its title from dialogue from the rapper’s namesake’s film, will place at #20.

The remainder of next week’s top 10 finds 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ dropping a place to #3 (159,000) and surpassing total sales of more than 4 million copies; Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 12 also taking a step back to #4 (143,000); The Very Best of Cher holding at #7 (118,000); Celine Dion’s One Heart slipping four spots to #8 (117,000); Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me sliding likewise to #9 (166,000); and Evanescence’s Fallen losing a spot to #10 (87,000) while moving past the half-million mark.

Two of the most talked about albums in recent weeks took the biggest nosedives on the next week’s chart. British invader Robbie Williams is seemingly falling short of his crossover quest, as his latest album, Escapology, will drop to #104 after its #43 debut. Its weekly sales were also slashed by 11,000, more than half of last week’s retail performance.

The soundtrack to Rob Zombie’s horror flick “House of 1000 Corpses” also got buried on next week chart. The week that the movie hit the big screens, weekly sales of the LP fell by more than 8,000 copies and its chart position plummeted 52 places.

Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include country rockers the Jayhawks’ Rainy Day Music at #51; an imitation of the “Now” series, Got Hits, featuring contributions from Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake and Aaliyah, among others, at #73; Boomkatalog One by Taryn Manning and her brother Kellin’s dance-pop project Boomkat, at #88; the newest addition to Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic Records, gangsta rapper ABK’s Hatchet Warrior at #98; indie rock pillars Yo La Tengo’s Summer Sun at #115; and SoCal punks’ Lagwagon’s fifth LP, Blaze, at #172.