Though Norah Jones and Kayne West sold enough albums last week to hold onto their #1 and #2 positions on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a little room must be made in the top 10 for embittered soul singer Eamon.
The crude crooner's debut album, I Don't Want You Back, sold more than 105,000 copies last week, qualifying him for the #7 spot, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (February 25). Its hit single, "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)," has been the #1 single for nine straight weeks on the Billboard singles sales chart, and the seriously censored cut continues to gain spins at radio and video outlets.
Though Eamon's chart debut is impressive, he doesn't come close to approaching Norah Jones, whose Feels Like Home sold nearly four times as many copies in what was its second week on shelves. Jones' second LP racked up another 395,000 in sales for a total of more than 1.4 million.
Kanye West's debut album, The College Dropout, sold more than 196,000 copies on the heels of the omnipresent singles "Through the Wire" and "Slow Jamz." Six spots down at #8 is Twista's Kamikaze, a West co-production that also features the latter hit.
Evanescence sold about 30 percent fewer copies last week compared to the week following their Grammy wins for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance, but they still managed to make the most progress in the top 10. Their Fallen moves from #7 to #3 after selling more than 127,000 copies.
The rest of the top 10 finds Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below holding onto its #4 spot (with more than 122,000 copies sold); Kenny Chesney's When the Sun Goes Down continuing to set, dropping two to #5 (115,000); Josh Groban's Closer slipping one to #6 (113,000); The Very Best of Sheryl Crow moving up two to #9 (72,000); and Incubus' A Crow Left of the Murder down one to #10 (65,000).
Two weeks ago, stores saw their biggest non-holiday-season week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, so figures from this past week mostly represented a decline. Maroon 5's Songs About Jane, however, was the only top 20 album to sell more copies last week than in the days leading up to Valentine's Day. The quintet's debut, which has been steadily rising thanks to second single "This Love," jumps 18 places to #14, having sold more than 58,000 copies.
The soundtrack to "50 First Dates" leads a crop of albums making significant gains further down the chart. The reggae-flavored album, featuring contributions from Seal, Wyclef Jean and 311, leapt 50 spots to #30. The Lostprophets take a 32-spot vault to #41 with Start Something; St. Louis emo band Story of the Year's Page Avenue advances 55 spots to #61; teenage soul singer Joss Stone's Soul Sessions similarly steps up to #71; and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell climbs 58 to #93.
Other notable debuts include the Indigo Girls' All That We Let In, at #35; the soundtrack to "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," peppered with tracks by the film's star, Lindsay Lohan, at #56; and the Latin-pop soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" at #176.