After three weeks of hip-hop dominance from shimmering-grilled Paul Wall's The People's Champ and controversial pacesetter Kanye West's Late Registration, rock and roll is back on top, taking Billboard's #1 and #2 spots, according to the latest SoundScan figures.
Close to 239,000 hands grabbed Disturbed's latest LP, Ten Thousand Fists, during the album's first week on record-store shelves, earning the metal band its second consecutive chart-topping disc — 2002's Believe opened at #1 with nearly 284,000 scans. To capture the album-sales crown, Disturbed outsold Garden State rockers Bon Jovi — who sit comfortably at the chart's #2, having shifted close to 202,000 copies of Have a Nice Day.
For the second straight week, seven of the albums cracking the top 10 on Billboard's album-sales chart — including Ten Thousand Fists and Have a Nice Day — are first-timers. Coming in at #4 is So Amazing: An All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross, a soulful homage to the late crooner (see [article id="1505126"]"R&B Singer Luther Vandross Dead At 54"[/article]), featuring contributions from Usher, Beyoncé, John Legend, Babyface and Jamie Foxx. That disc sold almost 104,000 copies during its first week of release, followed at #5 by Barbara Streisand's new one, Guilty Pleasures, with close to 101,000 units scanned.
David Banner's latest, Certified, pops up at #6 thanks to opening-week sales of 89,000-plus, followed at #7 by New York rockers Coheed and Cambria's third outing, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, which sold more than 84,000 copies to earn the group the highest-charting and best-selling debut of its career. This week's #10 belongs to Hustle & Flow soundtrack veterans Pimp Squad Click (a.k.a. P$C), the Atlanta rap crew featuring T.I., A.K., C-Rod, Big Kuntry, and Mac Boney. Their 25 to Life scored debut-week sales of 62,000.
Kanye West's Late Registration falls one spot to #3, with 126,000 scans, selling over 1.4 million during the four weeks since its release. The Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business holds to the chart's #8 slot with close to 82,000 scans, followed by last week's #1, The People's Champ, which drops to #9 due to a 60 percent sales slip, finishing the week with 70,000 scans.
Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi takes #11 with 61,000 copies sold, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since its April release. Young Jeezy's Let's Get It follows at #12 with sales of 54,000. Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway climbs five spots to #13 with 53,000 units sold, while Green Day's American Idiot takes the chart's #14 spot with more than 53,000 discs moved. The debut offering from the Pussycat Dolls, PCD, drops 10 spots to #15, with sales of just over 52,000.
Ryan Cabrera's newest, You Stand Watching, didn't infiltrate the top 20, debuting at #24 with first-week scans of 37,000 and change. Also new to the chart this week is Earth, Wind and Fire's Illumination, which takes #32 with close to 29,000 copies sold. Ray Charles' Genius and Friends — an album of duets featuring the late music legend alongside vocalists including Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross, George Michael and Alicia Keys — debuts #36 with sales of 26,000. Brandy's brother Ray J's Raydiation bows at #48 with 21,000 copies sold; Maroon 5's Live: Friday the 13th comes in at #61 with 16,000 scans; Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre — a collection of tracks performed by "Rock Star: INXS" contestants finishes at #68 with 15,000 copies sold; R&B artist LaToya London's Love and Life is in at #82 with 12,500 plus scans; and God Forbid's IV: Constitution of Treason opens at #119 with sales of over 8,000.