She’s not afraid to take on “Stupid Girls,” but when it comes to album sales, Pink is no match for the likes of country’s latest darlings, Rascal Flatts. In just one week, the Flatts managed to sell nearly 722,000 copies of Me & My Gang to land at #1 on the next Billboard albums chart.
The band has hit the top before — 2004’s Feels Like Today opened at #1 with 201,000 in sales and has remained in the top 40 ever since — but this time the Flatts have earned 2006’s best-selling debut, beating out T.I.’s King, which sold 522,000 copies to open at #1 on the previous chart (and slips to #3 on last week’s 184,000 scans).
Debuting at #2 is the 21st installment in the popular Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation franchise. That disc — which features Mariah Carey, the Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown, Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Fall Out Boy and Gorillaz — racked up close to 334,000 scans.
The top spot was a long shot for Pink, whose fourth studio outing, I’m Not Dead, hit stores last week. With sales reported at just over 126,000, the album bows at #6, behind Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: Reflected (in at #5 with week-two sales of 128,000) and the soundtrack to the Disney Channel original movie “High School Musical,” which won over an additional 181,000 fans its 13th week in stores. I’m Not Dead’s #6 spot marks Pink’s highest-charting opening. Try This (2003) debuted at #9 with 147,000-plus scans, and Missundaztood (2001) bowed at #8 with 220,000 sales — before going on to sell more than 5.2 million copies.
James Blunt’s Back to Bedlam stays put at #7, with sales at 64,000 plus, while Shakira’s Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 is down two spots to #8 with 63,000 scans. The Charm, the latest offering from Bubba Sparxxx, checks in at #9, debuting with sales of more than 51,000. Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories rounds out the top 10 with 49,000 units sold.
Record stores across America were inundated with new releases last week, and many of those fresh albums strike Billboard gold after notching impressive week-one sales showings. The Flaming Lips’ At War With the Mystics debuts at #11 with 48,000 scans, while Operation: Mindcrime II, the sequel to Queensrÿche’s 1988 classic Operation: Mindcrime, follows at #14 with close to 44,000 copies sold. The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock, a career-spanning collection from the hair metal legends, debuts at #17 with 40,000 scans, and Disneymania, Vol. 4, a compilation featuring cuts from the Christina Aguilera, Jesse McCartney and the Cheetah Girls, opens at #21 with sales nearing 39,000.
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey’s Ringleader of the Tormentors pops up at #27 with nearly 34,000 copies sold, followed by Italian metal act Lacuna Coil, who sold only six fewer copies of Karmacode to take #28. Blue October’s Foiled opens at #29, bested by the Coil by only eight copies. The new one from pop-punkers Hawk Nelson, Smile, It’s the End of the World, claims the #75 slot with sales of more than 14,000. R&B crooner Van Hunt’s On the Jungle Floor hits the chart at #123 with 8,000 in sales. The Vines’ Vision Valley debuts at #136 with 8,000 scans, and Placebo’s Meds comes in at #180 after moving 6,000 copies. Massive Attack’s Collected bows at #198 with more than 5,000 copies sold.
Check out “Pink: Not Dead, Not Stupid” for the singer’s inside look at I’m Not Dead.