Though the Strokes had a solid first week with First Impressions of Earth, they couldn't unseat sales king Jamie Foxx, who holds #1 on the Billboard albums chart with Unpredictable.
Foxx's second album, Unpredictable was once again the nation's strongest retail performer despite a 34 percent drop, netting sales of more than 131,000 during its third week of release. The disc spends its second week at #1 after jolting Mary J. Blige's The Breakthrough from the top spot on the previous chart. The Breakthrough sticks at #2 with sales of 118,000 plus — enough to push total sales of the disc over the 1-million-sold mark. Eminem's Curtain Call: The Hits also stays put, holding #3 with 109,000 copies sold.
First Impressions of Earth, the Strokes' first album in more than two years, opens at #4 with first-week sales of more than 88,000. The band's previous offering, 2003's Room on Fire, also debuted at #4, but sold about 38,000 more copies. Is This It, the Strokes' 2001 debut, failed to chart after its first week on store shelves, netting just 1,911 scans.
Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts retains Billboard's #5 position, with sales nearing 81,000. Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi climbs two spots to #6 with 74,000 scans, nudging total sales of the pop diva's comeback album to more than 5 million. Notorious B.I.G.'s Duets: The Final Chapter falls three to #7 this week, with just under 74,000 copies carried out of record stores.
Kelly Clarkson climbs four spots — and back into the top 10 — claiming the chart's #8 slot, thanks to 64,000 in sales for her Breakaway. The Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business follows at #9 with nearly 63,000 copies sold, while Nickelback round out the top 10 after selling over 58,000 copies of All The Right Reasons — just enough to help the album eclipse 2 million in total sales.
One of the week's biggest gainers was the soundtrack to "Brokeback Mountain," Ang Lee's Golden Globe-nominated film about the secret romance between two cowboys. The disc, featuring songs by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Rufus Wainwright and Linda Ronstadt, surged 35 percent with 6,000 copies sold. The album finishes the week at #190 on the chart.
Check out the feature "Throwback With Mary J. Blige" for more on Blige's musical Breakthrough.