They won over the West almost 35 years ago, and now Led Zeppelin are on their way to doing it all over again.
The quintessential ’70s rock band’s new live three-CD set, How the West Was Won, will debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard albums chart, having sold more than 150,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The package features songs recorded during four 1972 concerts in California. The two-disc DVD released the same day, “Led Zeppelin,” sailed to the top slot on the video chart, having sold almost 120,000 copies, the most ever for a music DVD in its debut week. Zeppelinmania also caused the band’s compilation Early Days and Latter Days: Vol. 1 & 2 to rise 34 spots to #135. Despite the intense interest, the surviving bandmembers insist they have no immediate plans to get the Led out and reunite.
After dropping to #5 last week, 50 Cent will muscle his way back to #2. His Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold nearly 110,000 copies last week, leaving him just 50,000 copies away from hitting the 5 million sales mark.
More than three months after Evanescence released their first album, Fallen, the disc has climbed to #3, its highest position yet.
Ruben Studdard may be America’s new idol, but Kelly Clarkson is still the nation’s sweetheart. The former “American Idol” champ’s album, Thankful, hangs tough seven weeks after its release, climbing one slot to #4 with nearly 91,000 sold. America is also not yet tiring of jazz-pop songwriter Norah Jones. Her Grammy-winning debut, Come Away With Me, moves up two spots to #5, selling nearly 85,000 more copies. That brings her grand total to well over 6 million, and she shows no signs of slipping.
Led Zeppelin’s chart success leaves last week’s leaders a little dazed and confused. Staind’s 14 Shades of Grey, which debuted at #1 last week, will drop to #7 with sales of nearly 79,000. And the former #2 charters Deftones will watch their self-titled fourth record drop to #11 with sales of just 56,000, about one-third of last week’s figure.
The rest of next week’s top 10 is filled with motion-picture soundtracks. The soundtrack from “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” lands at #6 (79,000), “2 Fast 2 Furious” debuts at #8 (76,000) and “The Matrix Reloaded” checks in at #10 (62,000).
Not many new releases will chart in the top 100. Tijuana-born R&B artist Frankie J’s What’s a Man to Do? enters at #53, and organic jam band O.A.R.’s first major-label record, In Between Now and Then, will come in at #54.
Notable SoundScan scalers include R. Kelly, who will climb eight notches to #15. Good Charlotte will scamper up 17 to #31 thanks to the success of the video for their new single, “Girls and Boys.” And Trapt, who have the #1 single at alternative radio with “Headstrong,” according to Radio & Records, will jump 10 to #44.
Chart disappointments include “TRL” darlings Lillix, whose Falling Uphill debuts at the bottom the heap at #188, and Rooney, whose eponymous debut slips 40 to #181.
Several hard rockers will continue to slide down the charts. Marilyn Manson will fall nine more slots to #30 after debuting at #1 three weeks ago, Powerman 5000’s Transform will plummet 42 to #59 in its second week and Cold’s Year of the Spider dips 11 to #40.