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 “R&B Singer Luther Vandross Dead At 54″ ), 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.