Beastie Boys Beat Out Usher, Velvet Revolver For #1 Chart Slot

Veteran rappers sell more than 360,000 copies of To the 5 Boroughs.

With their first album in six years, the Beastie Boys proved they can still get bodies movin’ in record stores by knowing just whatcha want. The three MCs and one DJ’s latest album, To the 5 Boroughs, will take the #1 position on next week’s Billboard albums chart.

MCA, Mike D, Ad-Rock and Mix Master Mike sold more than 360,000 copies of Boroughs, according to SoundScan, to put shame in the game of the next-highest-charting debut, Celine Dion’s New Day: Live in Las Vegas, which will come in at #10 with more than 57,000 copies sold.

The Boys’ one-week total doesn’t much compare with the opening week of their last album, 1998′s Hello Nasty, which moved more than 681,000 copies in its first few days on sale to also debut at #1. The album before, 1994′s Ill Communication, also bowed in at the top, but did so with just 220,000 copies.

The Beasties’ big debut will keep Usher in the #2 spot with Confessions for the second straight week. Another 168,000 copies sold will put his fourth album’s total at more than 4.3 million copies. Velvet Revolver, whose Contraband held Usher off on the previous chart when the album made its debut, will sit at #3 by selling more than 122,000 copies in its second week.

Most of the rest of the top 10 saw an increase in sales from the week before. Although Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party will hold onto its #4 slot, the more than 104,000 copies sold is a 13 percent increase from the week before. Prince’s Musicology will slip a spot while enjoying a 12 percent spike in sales (72,000 to 81,000). Similar movement will be made by Hoobastank’s The Reason, from #6 to #7, though that album only saw an 8 percent rise in sales. D12′s D12 World will step up in both position and sales, moving from #9 to #8 and adding 7,000 to their previous week’s draw to sell more than 66,000 copies last week. Los Lonely Boys, entering the top 10 for the first time with their self-titled debut, will make the biggest jump of them all, from #13 to #9, while weekly sales rose to 61,000 copies, a 36 percent increase from the week before.

Besides Velvet Revolver’s Contraband, the only other top-10 album to drop significantly in both placement and sales is Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin, which will move from #3 to #5, while selling 92,000 copies, 24 percent fewer than the week before.

While on their final tour, Phish will debut at #13 with their swan-song album, Undermind. The jam band will place just one spot higher than Christina Milian’s It’s About Time, which features the sexy single “Dip It Low.”

Debuting at #53 is a reissue of Seether’s 2002 debut, Disclaimer, called Disclaimer II, which boasts four new songs and a reworked version of “Broken” featuring Evanescence’s Amy Lee (originally found on the soundtrack to “The Punisher”). Other notable chart debuts include buzz band the Killers’ Hot Fuss at #59, Eighteen Visions’ Obsession at #147, and rapper Ric-A-Che’s Lack of Communication at #179.