Before this week, it had been nearly two decades since an album from the Garden State's Bon Jovi topped the Billboard albums chart. And few might have guessed that drought would end with Lost Highway, the band's 10th studio LP, with the White Stripes releasing their latest, Icky Thump, on the very same Tuesday.
But according to the latest SoundScan figures, Jon and the boys beat the odds, shattering everyone's expectations as Lost Highway clocked sales of more than 291,500, giving Bon Jovi the third #1 debut of their nearly 25-year career. The LP brought in the group's biggest one-week take since Nielsen began tracking sales back in 1991; the band's only other #1 openers were 1988's New Jersey and its 1986 breakthough, Slippery When Wet.
The White Stripes' sixth LP, Icky Thump, is hands-down the twosome's best-charting release to date, bowing at #2 with 223,000 scans, and it's also their best-selling debut, surpassing the success of 2005's Get Behind Me Satan (which opened at #3 with 189,000 sold) and 2003's Elephant (125,900 copies, to debut at #6). However, the group may have to hope that album number seven is the charm for a #1 debut.
Following the Stripes at #3 is the only other album to debut in next week's top 10, country crooner Brad Paisley's 5th Gear, which sold more than 197,000 units its first week in stores. Beyond that, the rest of the top 10 is full of repeat offenders. Falling three places to #4 is Toby Keith's Big Dog Daddy, selling another 73,400 copies, and at #5, slipping two spots, is Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full, which scanned about 64,400 units. Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight spends a second straight week at #6, with 63,100 sold, while Amy Winehouse's Back to Black climbs three spots to #7 on 62,500 copies scanned.
Maroon 5's It Won't Be Soon Before Long drops four places to #8 (with 62,300 copies sold during the album's fifth week at retail), while Fabolous' From Nothin' to Somethin' slips from #2 to #9, with 58,900 in sales. Rounding out the top 10 is T-Pain's Epiphany, which netted week-three scans of close to 56,300.
In all, there were 15 new releases to make their debut on next week's chart, including the Atlanta rap act behind the hit single "Party Like a Rockstar," the Shop Boyz, whose LP Rockstar Mentality just missed the top 10 cut, finishing at #11 with 52,300 copies sold. At #14, with 48,700 scans, is the latest release from Lifehouse, Who We Are, while St. Louis rapper Huey's Notebook Paper scanned more than 28,800 units, to bow at #26. R&B songstress Chrisette Michele's I Am claims the chart's #29 opening on sales of around 26,500, followed at #30 by Mandy Moore's latest, Wild Hope, which sold 25,100 copies.
All the way down at #72 on next week's chart is the latest from Straylight Run, The Needles the Space, with sales of more than 9,800. Meanwhile, August Burns Red's Messengers opens at #81 on approximately 9,000 copies scanned. Project 86's latest set, Rival Factions, sold more than 6,000 copies, earning it the chart's #123 slot, followed immediately at #124 by the Polyphonic Spree's Fragile Army, which sold 17 fewer units. Anonymous, the new one from the Mike Patton-fronted Tomahawk, follows at #158, and finally, coming in at #175, is Deborah Cox's Destination Moon, which racked up sales of more than 4,500.