Avril Lavigne and Slipknot make strange bedfellows, but the odd couple joined forces to knock Mr. Entertainment out of the #1 spot on next week's Billboard albums chart.
Lavigne will take the top spot with her own album of confessions, the introspective (albeit still brash and rebellious) Under My Skin. According to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (June 2), the album sold more than 380,000 copies in its opening week, almost six times more than her debut, Let Go, upon its release in 2002.
Lavigne's opening sales soundly beat those of masked metal marauders Slipknot. Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses, the third installment from the Iowa-bred hellions, made its debut this week at #2 on sales of more than 242,000 copies.
Usher might be feeling the "Burn" of a slip to the #3 spot on sales of nearly 197,000 copies, but after 10 weeks on the chart (eight at #1), it can't hurt too much: Confessions has sold 3.7 million copies to date, more than three times as many as any other artist in the top 10.
Gretchen Wilson is Here for the Party and isn't calling it a night anytime soon. The country songstress holds strong at #4 in her third week on the chart, moving more than 125,000 copies. Method Man's party, however, seems to be winding down as Tical 0: The Prequel drops three notches to #5, selling slightly more than half as many units as it did the week before (from 164,000 to 84,000).
After 25 weeks on the chart, Hoobastank's The Reason is hanging tough, moving up a notch from #7 to #6 with sales of more than 80,000. D12 are holding strong as well, having sold more than 1 million copies since D12 World was released five weeks ago. The album drops a notch to #7, moving more than 71,000 copies.
Royalty and ogres alike find happiness this week as their albums jump up a few spots. Prince's Musicology climbs eight spots to land at #8 with sales of more than 70,000. Likewise, the "Shrek 2" soundtrack jumps from #12 to #9, no doubt bolstered by the film's staggering box-office sales. The soundtrack sold more than 69,000 copies in its third week.
New Found Glory, however, have to be hoping that it's not "All Downhill From Here," as their newest album, Catalyst, drops seven spots to land at #10. Album sales for Catalyst were down more than 50 percent (to more than 63,000) in its second week on the charts.
Alanis Morissette's So-Called Chaos sinks from #5 to #11 this week (62,000), while George Michael proves Patience is a virtue, moving up from #29 to #12 (61,000).
Tamyra Gray of "American Idol" finds dreams can come true as her debut, The Dreamer, opens on the chart at #23. Vets Wilson Phillips, however, get a chillier reception as California enters at #35 in its opening week. Also debuting on the chart are Everlast's White Trash Beautiful (#56), 3 Doors Down's Another 700 Miles EP (#156) and Counting Crows' Films About Ghosts (#171).