The Billboard albums chart still appears to be suffering from the post-holiday blues this week, with sales dropping like mid-winter temperatures. Artists aren't offering much new product right now, giving record junkies little reason to get out and hit the stores or surf to online outlets.
With no debuts anywhere near the top 10 (Ol' Dirty Bastard's
posthumous release is way down at #157), hardly anyone has escaped the downswing unscathed.
Green Day emerge as the kings of this middling week — with American Idiot moving more than 100,000 copies, according to SoundScan, they inch back to #1 on next week's chart, where they debuted 16 weeks ago. After two straight weeks at the top (and four overall), Eminem gets knocked down to #2, selling just under 100,000 copies of his triple-platinum album Encore. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz remain at #3, despite a 44 percent drop in sales of Crunk Juice, which sold more than 80,000 copies. Kanye West protégé John Legend rises to #4 from #7, after two weeks on the chart with Get Lifted, which sold more than 74,000 copies. And Ludacris holds steady at #5, after a jump from #10 last week and a #1 debut in early December. His Red Light District sold just 381 fewer copies than Legend's LP.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Destiny's Child jump back up to #6 from #10, selling more than 69,000 copies of Destiny Fulfilled, while the Jay-Z/ Linkin Park collabo Collision Course drops to #8 from #4 on sales of more than 67,000 copies. Kelly Clarkson and Shania Twain both edge into the top 10: Twain's Greatest Hits moves back up to #7 from #12, selling more than 68,000 copies, and Clarkson's newly
platinum album Breakaway captures #10 after moving more than 66,000 copies. Chart fixture Usher is still in the top 10 after 42 weeks with Confessions, which falls to #9 from #6 with sales of more than 67,000 copies.
Further on down the chart, there's bad news for Ashanti and T.I., who both fell after making gains last week. Ashanti's Concrete Rose sold 84,000 copies, falling 10 slots to #26. After making a leap from #40 all the way to #23 last week, T.I.'s Urban Legend lost some ground, showing up at #28 on sales of more than 38,000. Lindsay Lohan also continues to fall, with sales down more than 50 percent this week, leaving her debut album, Speak, at #31 with more than 29,000 copies sold.
Not So Modest
With sales streaming in at around 30,000 copies a week, Modest Mouse took advantage of the overall slump. Fueled by an appearance on "The O.C." and relentless touring, the band's album Good News for People Who Love Bad News has seen more-than-modest gains in recent weeks, jumping from #98 two weeks ago to #62 last week and all the way up to #32 on next week's chart. Alison Krauss & Union Station were also able to capitalize on the woes of others with Lonely Runs Both Ways. Last week's sales are only 2,000 copies shy of the previous week's, allowing the album to leap from #69 to #38.
The Grass Is Greener
Only one album in the entire top 100 managed to increase sales this past week — the soundtrack to "Garden State." Still enjoying big gains from the film's DVD release two weeks ago, the album, which sold more than 44,000 copies last week, jumped up to #22, from #51 last week and #133 the week before.