Marilyn Manson Tops Albums Chart, Record Industry Continues To Slump

Manson moves more than 118,000 copies of The Golden Age of Grotesque its first week of release.

Marilyn Manson retained his Midas touch with the The Golden Age of Grotesque, while Cold's latest LP could barely get any hotter on next week's Billboard albums chart.

Manson moved more than 118,000 copies of his band's fifth album in its first week of release to lay claim to the #1 spot, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 21). Although the total barely surpassed the debut-week numbers of his previous album, 2000's Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), by about 1,000 copies, it placed 12 spots higher on the chart. Manson's only other album to debut at #1 was 1998's Mechanical Animals, which sold upward of 222,000 copies in its first week.

Jacksonville, Florida's favorite sons — Limp Bizkit notwithstanding — Cold will make an impressive bow at #3 with Year of the Spider. Thanks to the single "Stupid Girl," which was created with the help of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Cold's third album sold more than 101,000 copies.

Between the two big debuts lies 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The year's most successful album will jump three spots to #2, as its 15-week sales run has the 5 million mark in sight.

The remainder of next week's top 10 includes Evanescence's Fallen, surpassing sales of a million at #4 (96,000 last week); Norah Jones' Come Away With Me slipping four spots to #6 (87,000); Kelly Clarkson taking two steps forward with Thankful to #7 (78,000); the soundtrack to "Lizzie McGuire" also advancing a couple of slots to #8 (77,000); The Very Best of Cher dropping five places to #9 (71,000); and last week's leading LP, the Isley Brothers' Body Kiss, now bringing up the rear at #10 (67,000).

It was another disappointing week for the record industry. Aside from the chart debuts, only two albums in the top 40 saw an increase, albeit a marginal one, in their weekly sales totals. The overwhelming popularity of "The Matrix Reloaded" helped its soundtrack move up three spots to #5 as it sold more than 3,000 additional copies for a total of 96,000. Lil' Kim's La Bella Mafia also enjoyed a rise, leaping from #36 to #28, with help from a very slight sales swell.

Perhaps only the folks at the Universal Music Group, the largest major-label conglomerate and home to Manson and 50 Cent's label Interscope and Cold's Geffen, are smiling, with artists in next week's win, place and show slots.

Third Eye Blind's first album in four years, Out of the Vein, will make its presence known in the #12 slot. The single "Blinded (When I See You)" helped propel sales of more than 62,000 copies. That's 12,000 fewer copies sold than the first-week draw of their 1999 LP, Blue. But, indicative of the record industry's predicament, Blue's debut numbers placed it nearly four times further down the chart at #40.

With their highest first-week sales ever, disturbed pop-punks Alkaline Trio can cheer up now that Good Mourning landed at #20. Fans can't seem to get their fill of the rambunctious rambler "We've Had Enough," so more than 40,000 picked up their fifth LP, the follow-up to 2001's From Here to Infirmary.

Other notable debuts on next week's chart include Cleveland hardcore sextet Chimaira's The Impossibility of Reason at #117; and ESPN Presents Stadium Anthems, featuring bleacher bangers such as "We Will Rock You," "Celebration" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," at #149.