Young Gunz will miss the bull’s-eye with Tough Luv, their first shot at the Billboard albums chart, but by coming in at #3 next week, Young Chris and Neef’s marksmanship is still commendable.
The duo, whose hit “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” was a highlight of last year’s State Property LP, The Chain Gang Vol. II, sold more than 127,000 copies of their debut album in its first week, according to SoundScan. A remix of that song featuring Chingy appears on Tough Luv, along with the single “No Better Love.”
Tough Luv trails Norah Jones’ Feels Like Home and Kanye West’s The College Dropout, both of which have held their #1 and #2 positions for the past three weeks. Jones sold another 280,000 copies to add to her 1.6 million total, while West moved more than 131,000 for a sum of more than 769,000.
Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban and Twista must have also been comfortable in their positions, since their latest albums won’t be vacating their current slots. Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down sold more than 95,000 copies last week to remain at #5, Groban sold 5,000 fewer copies of Closer to keep pace at #6, and Twista’s Kamikaze will stick to #8, with more than 80,000 sold.
Trillville and Lil Scrappy bring crunk back to the top 20 with King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present Welcome to Trillville, an introduction to the first artists signed to Lil Jon’s label. The verbosely titled, 21-track LP — half by the trio Trillville and half by Scrappy — will come in at #12 by selling more than 58,000 copies.
JC Chasez, the second member of ’NSYNC to go solo, will bow in at #17 with his debut, Schizophrenic, which sold more than 51,000 copies last week. Groupmate Justin Timberlake’s Justified, by comparison, sold nearly nine times that amount when it debuted at #2 in November 2002.
The sounds proved nearly as popular as the sights for The Passion of the Christ, the #1 movie at the box office. The original-score soundtrack will round out the top-20 debuts at #19.
Maroon 5 continue their forward march with Songs About Jane, which will climb three spots to #11, its highest chart position since its release 18 months ago.
Completing next week’s top 10 will be Evanescence’s Fallen, moving back a step to #4 (with more than 124,000 copies sold); Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below falling three spots to #7 (90,000); Eamon’s I Don’t Want You Back slipping from #7 to #9 (72,000) in its second week; and The Very Best of Sheryl Crow receding one place to #10 (66,000).
Blindside’s fourth album, About a Burning Fire, will make its chart debut at #50 on the back of its first single, “All of Us”; while the second LP by Tantric, After We Go, will place at #56 thanks to “Hey Now.”
Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include Christian rockers Kutless’ Sea of Faces at #97; the Disturbed-featured Music as a Weapon II live album at #148; Detroit rapper Royce Da 5’9″ ’s second LP, Death Is Certain, at #161; and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante’s fourth solo effort, Shadows Collide With People, at #191.