The Parrotheads will be toasting with cheeseburgers in paradise tonight!
Key West troubadour Jimmy Buffett will have the #1 album on next week’s Billboard albums chart, after his latest LP, License to Chill, sold more than 238,000 copies, according to SoundScan. The 16-track release finds the 57-year-old self-confessed beach bum collaborating with a who’s who of contemporary country artists, including Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and George Strait.
The “Margaritaville” minstrel more than doubled the sales of the chart’s second-highest debut, the Roots’ The Tipping Point. The hip-hop collective’s sixth album will bow in at #4, with more than 109,000 copies sold. The Tipping Point ties with 1999′s Things Fall Apart in giving the band its highest chart position, though the latter debuted with a greater first-week total by more than 83,000 copies. The band’s last LP, 2002′s Phrenology, landed at #28 on the chart after its first week, with more than 89,000 copies sold.
Usher’s Confessions will keep its place at #2 for the sixth straight week, tacking more than 125,000 copies onto its now 4.8 million total, while Lloyd Banks’ The Hunger for More will vacate the top spot, which it held for two consecutive weeks. The G-Unit rapper’s debut moved more than 110,000 copies last week to land at #3.
The only other new album to crack next week’s top 10 is the soundtrack to Hilary Duff’s new film, “A Cinderella Story.” Led by its single, a cover of the Go-Go’s’ “Our Lips Are Sealed” by Hilary and sister Haylie Duff, the 14-track album (which also includes contributions by Josh Kelly and the Goo Goo Dolls) will debut at #9, with more than 72,000 copies sold.
Without any tour dates to bolster his album sales — since a portion of every ticket price involuntarily buys a copy (see Billboard Sours On Prince’s Musicology Sales Experiment” ) — Prince’s Musicology plummeted 49 spots, from #16 to #64, two weeks ago. However, with last week’s five-night run of shows in New York and New Jersey padding his weekly totals, the Purple One will re-enter the top 10 at #8, with more than 74,000 copies sold.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are country singer Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party, down two spots to #5 (with more than 89,000 copies sold); Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin, falling a notch to #6 (79,000) while vaulting over the 1 million mark in total sales; country duo Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color, slipping a notch to #7 (78,000); and Los Lonely Boys’ self-titled debut, holding to the #10 spot (67,000) for the second week.
Three albums in the #11-#20 bracket succumbed to seven-spot slips, Jadakiss’ Kiss of Death (#4-#11), the “Spider-Man 2″ soundtrack (#7-#14); and the Beastie Boys’ To the 5 Boroughs (#9-#16). Conversely, Maroon 5′s Songs About Jane and Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue will each rise four spots, to #27 and #37, thanks to respective 10 and 11 percent increases in weekly sales.
Notable debuts on next week’s chart include Metallica’s soundtrack EP to coincide with the documentary “Some Kind of Monster” at #37; Adam Sandler’s comedy album “Shhh … Don’t Tell at #47; Beenie Man’s Back to Basics at #51; Devin the Dude’s To Tha X-Treme at #55; Sparta’s Porcelain at #60; the Polyphonic Spree’s Together We’re Heavy at #121; They Might Be Giants’ Spine at #130; and Widespread Panic’s Über Cobra at #158.