It’s hard to imagine that one of the world’s most popular rock groups has never scored itself a #1 record. But Coldplay’s eagerly awaited third studio release, X&Y, breaks the streak — and in epic fashion, according to the latest SoundScan data.
During a highly competitive week at retail — which included anticipated releases from the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, the White Stripes and Shakira — Coldplay’s X&Y proved to be a lock in the battle for Billboard’s top seat, with opening-week sales of more than 737,000. X&Y surpasses former G-Unit sentinel the Game’s The Documentary (which netted first-week sales of just under 587,000) to become 2005’s second-biggest debut, and the Dave Matthews Band’s Stand Up (which debuted at #1 with close to 465,000 in sales) as the year’s strongest rock release.
Of course, the honor of 2005’s biggest debut still belongs to 50 Cent and The Massacre, which moved over 1 million units in its first week of release.
For Coldplay, though, X&Y is a landmark achievement. The band’s 2000 debut, Parachutes, didn’t even make the chart for its initial week on record-store shelves, selling just over 6,500 copies. To date, that record has sold close to 2.3 million. A Rush of Blood to the Head, the band’s 2002 follow-up, debuted at Billboard’s #5 its first week out, with scans of just under 141,000.
Sales of the band’s 2003 live disc shot up 137 percent this past week, taking #191 on next week’s chart. The album, appropriately titled Coldplay Live 2003, scored just over 5,000 scans.
It was a remarkably strong week for the industry, thanks to three other huge debuts that together will manage to bump Mariah Carey’s new one, The Emancipation of Mimi, to the chart’s #5 slot — the first time since the record’s release that it finishes out of the top three. With sales of more than 151,000, Mimi was no match for the Peas, the Stripes and the ’Kira.
Monkey Business, the Black Eyed Peas’ follow-up to their smash 2003 hit Elephunk, will open as Billboard’s #2, with just over 291,000 scans. It, too, gives the group its best first-week showing, as Elephunk opened at #33, with sales of 31,000 plus. Right behind the Peas comes the latest from Detroit minimalist rock duo the White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan. The disc scored first-week sales of close to 189,000 and earns the pair not only the chart’s #3, but again, the best first-week performance of the band’s career. Back in 2003, Elephant opened at #6 on the chart, with just under 126,000 scans.
Shakira’s Fijación Oral finishes at #4, with debut-week sales of 157,000 and change. According to a press release from the Latin bombshell’s label, Fijación Oral marks the biggest one-week sales and highest chart debut for any Spanish-language release to date. Her 2001 crossover offering, Laundry Service, opened at #3 with more than 202,000 copies sold.
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System of a Down fall four to #6 with Mezmerize. The disc earned fourth-week sales of more than 86,000, which will be enough to relegate country star Toby Keith’s Honkytonk University to the chart’s #7 spot. Keith’s disc finished out week four with close to 72,000 in sales — just 750 albums more than eighth-place finisher Gwen Stefani and her solo effort, Love, Angel, Music, Baby.
“American Idol” star Kelly Clarkson takes #9 honors with Breakaway, which moved 66,000 and then some, just enough to push Audioslave’s Out of Exile to #10. Chris Cornell and company sold just over 65,000 copies of their latest album during its third week of release. 50 Cent’s The Massacre falls four to #11 after achieving sales of close to 65,000, followed by the Dave Matthews Band’s Stand Up at #12, with sales of almost 61,000.
Next week’s albums chart is teeming with unexpected debuts. The latest Warped Tour compilation lands at #13 with sales of 53,000 plus. A preamble to this summer’s punk and hard-rock festival, the double-disc includes material from Fall Out Boy, Hopesfall, Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu, Rufio, Pennywise and other bands on the festival bill. Finch’s Say Hello to Sunshine opens at #24 with first-week scans of over 38,000. Coming in six positions below Finch is the new one from Avenged Sevenfold, City of Evil. That record sold close to 33,000 copies during its debut week; both albums mark the respective bands’ biggest debuts.
Jodeci’s latest, Back to the Future, shows up at #27 with first-week scans of just over 35,000, while Dream Theater’s Octavarium debuts at #36, with sales of nearly 27,000.
Kelly Osbourne’s Sleeping in the Nothing turned out one of the week’s more disappointing performances. Debuting at #117, the disc sold a paltry 8,900 copies, while smaller acts like Motion City Soundtrack and MXPX opens at #72 and #77, respectively.
Eminem’s Encore On The Rise
Detroit’s most recognizable bleached blond is inching his way back toward Billboard’s top 50 as his latest release, Encore, takes #52 on next week’s albums chart. The LP climbs 15 spots on the strength of the current single, “Ass Like That,” with a video featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The LP, released 31 weeks ago, sold nearly 19,000 copies this time out, according to SoundScan.
Big Willie Gets A Big Boost
The television ratings for this year’s NBA Finals may be less than stellar, but Will Smith’s appearance on the basketball court — before the start of the first game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons — to perform his song “Switch,” seems to have helped boost Lost and Found. While the disc rises just a single spot (hitting #34), sales jumped 20 percent to more than 30,000 scans.
’Dogtown’ Grinds Top 100’s Rail
The soundtrack for the skate-rat period piece “Lords of Dogtown” ollied a whopping 66 percent, scoring the compilation disc — which features tracks from Black Sabbath, Foghat, Nazareth and Deep Purple along with Social Distortion’s rendition of the Clash’s “Death or Glory” — the chart’s #99 slot. More than 11,000 copies of the album soared from store shelves this past week.