In a way, history repeats itself on the next Billboard album sales chart. After three weeks of ruling record sales, Coldplay have been overthrown, and it took a honky-tonkin' American — country legend George Strait — to end the British band's reign over the albums chart.
Somewhere Down in Texas, Strait's newest offering, claims the chart's #1 spot, moving close to 245,000 copies its first week out. Strait's latest shelves Coldplay's run at the top, jostling the rockers' X&Y two spots to a fourth-week #3 finish; X&Y netted sales of more than 140,000 this time around, according to the latest SoundScan data.
United State of Atlanta, the fifth album from Hotlanta party rap duo the Ying Yang Twins, also bested X&Y in this week's record-sales showdown, opening as Billboard's new #2, thanks to debut-week scans of more than 201,000. The Ying Yangs were predicted to chart high, having crafted one of the nation's biggest radio singles in "Wait (The Whisper Song)."
Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi has emerged as one of chart's most consistent entries. Twelve weeks after its initial release, Mimi has shifted close to 2.3 million units, and continues its solid sales performance with more than 130,000 copies snapped up this week — enough to secure Mariah Billboard's #4 spot. That's quite a comeback.
After George and the Twins, this week's third-highest debut belongs to Philadelphia rapper Cassidy's I'm A Hustla. The MC, currently being held without bail on murder and weapons charges, opens at #5, having sold close to 93,000 copies of his new LP during its first week of release.
The Black Eyed Peas' latest, Monkey Business, checks in at #6, with week-four sales of close to 90,000, finishing just in front of In Your Honor, the newest album from Foo Fighters. The double disc from Dave Grohl and company takes the chart's #7 position, selling just under 88,000 copies at the end of its third week in stores.
America's first "Idol," Kelly Clarkson, takes the chart's #8 spot thanks to her disc Breakaway's 62,000-plus showing. Clarkson's album managed to clear the mark of 2.5 million sold after 31 weeks in stores. Kelly wasn't the only artist on the chart to hit 2.5 million this week: Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby scored more than 60,000 scans during its 32nd week on the chart, and crossed the 2.5 million line while taking Billboard's #9 spot.
Country star Toby Keith's Honkytonk University caps off the top 10, edging out #11 finisher System of a Down's Mezmerize by less than 1,000 copies sold; Keith netted sales of just under 61,000, while System moved close to 60,000. Both albums first hit store shelves seven weeks ago.
Charlotte, North Carolina, soul singer Anthony Hamilton's Soulife— an album recorded several years ago but unreleased until now — debuts at #12 this week, with sales of 53,000 and change. Country trio Rascal Flatts finish as the chart's #13, falling just shy of 52,000 — only 55 scans more than 50 Cent's The Massacre, which takes this week's #14 and simultaneously hits 4 million in sales. Backstreet Boys claim the #15 spot with Never Gone, with over 51,000 scans.