A #2 debut on the Billboard albums chart is a big deal for Los Lonely Boys, whose Sacred scanned more than 66,000 copies at the nation’s record retailers.
But that’s small potatoes compared with the juggernaut that is the Now That’s What I Call Music! franchise, the 22nd installment of which scanned 207,000 units in its second week on the chart, easily maintaining its hold on the top spot of next week’s chart. The compilation disc boasts hits by Rihanna, Chris Brown, Three 6 Mafia, Nick Lachey, Kelly Clarkson and Nickelback.
In all, 14 new releases will crack next week’s Top 200, with Los Lonely Boys performing best and country crooner Rodney Atkins right behind: His latest, If You’re Going Through Hell, sold 55,000-plus copies to open at #3.
The rest of the Top 10 is filled with familiar faces. Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere climbs one spot to #4 with nearly 53,000 scans, followed by the soundtrack to the Disney Channel original movie “High School Musical” at #5 with sales of 52,000.
Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang fills the #6 hole, with more than 50,000 units sold, while Nelly Furtado’s Loose slides three chart positions to #7. Rihanna’s Girl Like Me ascends two spots to #8, selling 45,000, and at #9 it’s the Dixie Chicks and their new one, Taking the Long Way. It’s been a while since the Pussycat Dolls touched the chart’s Top 10, as they do this week; their PCD owns the #10 spot, selling more than 43,000 copies.
Floridian rockers Red Jumpsuit Apparatus bow at #25 on the chart, selling more than 25,000 copies of their debut disc, Don’t Fake It. West Coast hardcore outfit Eighteen Visions pops up at #74 on 11,000 copies sold of their latest self-titled release. Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled debut occupies the #90 spot, while Golden Smog’s Another Fine Day follows at #95, selling 9,300 units. Third Eye Blind’s retrospective A Collection opens at #103, while Alien Ant Farm’s Up In the Attic comes in at #114 with 8,000 copies sold. Helmet’s Monochrome claims the #159 spot, having generated sales of 5,200 and change.