Until now, DMX had never known what it was like to finish second with a new LP.
The gravel-voiced, traffic-infraction-prone New York rapper’s five previous studio discs all debuted at #1 on Billboard’s albums chart. It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot opened atop the chart in 1998 after selling more than 251,000 copies, while Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, released that same year, crushed the competition with 670,000 sales.
The trend continued in 1999 with … And Then There Was X, which toppled the opposition with 698,000 scans, and 2002’s The Great Depression followed suit with first-week sales of 440,000. The following year, Darkman X’s Grand Champ topped the Billboard chart with sales of 312,000.
But the streak ends here. X’s latest LP, Year of the Dog, Again just couldn’t top the collective might of Rihanna, Chris Brown, Nick Lachey, Kelly Clarkson and more than a dozen other hitmakers — all of whom can be found on Now That’s What I Call Music! 22, which takes #1 for a third time, selling 127,000 copies after slipping to #2 on the previous chart.
DMX didn’t go quietly. Week-one sales of Year of the Dog, Again were reported at just fewer than 126,000 — putting X only 1,500 copies behind Now 22 — to score the rapper a second-place ribbon.
There’s one silver lining to DMX ending his run at the hands of Now 22: He didn’t lose out to a bunch of pint-sized singers. Kidz Bop 10 — featuring the Kidz Bop Kids’ versions of Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day,” the All-American Rejects’ “Move Along,” and Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” — sold more than 116,000 copies its first week in stores to secure the #3 spot. Following at #4 is Stone Sour’s Come What(ever) May — the first studio release in four years from the rock collective featuring members of Slipknot — which racked up close to 81,000 sales.
Previous chart champ LeToya suffered a second-week slump, as her self-titled debut took a 61 percent sales hit and posted just 65,000 scans to land at #5. Tom Petty’s Highway Companion follows at #6 with 57,000 copies sold its second week in stores, and Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere finishes at #7 with 53,000 scans.
Five for Fighting’s Two Lights opens at #8 with 52,000 units sold, while Pharrell’s In My Mind slides seven spots to #9 with week-two sales of 51,000. Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons, which has steadily climbed the chart in recent weeks, jumps two spots to #10 after racking up 44,000 scans its 44th week in stores. And after spending 24 consecutive weeks in the top 10, the soundtrack to the Disney Channel original movie “High School Musical” slips to #11.
Panic! at the Disco will be celebrating this week — and not just because of their five MTV Video Music Awards nominations. After 34 weeks on the chart, the band’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out has surpassed the 1 million sold mark, moving more than 35,000 copies to land at #17 on the latest chart.
Lemonade, the latest from G. Love (who’ve shed the “& Special Sauce” part of their moniker) is the fifth of 10 new releases to crack the top 200, selling 19,000 units to debut at #39. The Pink Spiders open at #84 with their second outing, Teenage Graffiti, which sold 11,000 copies its first week out. Steely Dan’s The Definitive Collection bows at #92 with 10,000 scans, followed at #121 by Powerman 5000’s Destroy What You Enjoy with 7,000 copies sold.
Jeannie Ortega’s No Place Like Bklyn opens at #128 with close to 7,000 sales, and Kill Hannah’s Until There’s Nothing Left of Us takes #179 with sales nearing 5,000. Christian-minded post-hardcore outfit Showbread’s Age of Reptiles just makes the top 200 cut, debuting at #199 with 4,000 scans.