Last week, rappers UGK released their perennially delayed seventh album, Underground Kingz. The act, composed of longtime friends Chad “Pimp C” Butler and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, hadn’t released an album’s worth of new material since 2002’s somewhat thrown-together Side Hustles collection — an album that debuted at #70 on Billboard’s albums chart with 14,800 copies scanned during week one. (The group’s 1996 LP, Ridin’ Dirty, debuted at #15 with 67,200 copies sold, while 2001’s Dirty Money opened at #18 with 97,900 scans.)
But while Pimp C spent four years behind bars on assault charges, UGK’s legend and influence grew — and the duo’s first new album in five years scanned almost 160,000 copies last week, making Underground Kingz the group’s first #1 on the Billboard albums chart. It dethrones the previous week’s champ, Common, and outperformed next week’s #2, fellow rapper Plies’ debut offering, The Real Testament, by more than 63,000 units, according to the latest SoundScan totals.
Plies’ inaugural set sold nearly 96,500 and was one of three new releases to debut in the chart’s top 10, the other being New Jersey pop-rockers the Jonas Brothers, whose self-titled sophomore set sold around 69,500 copies to claim the #5 spot. The band’s 2006 debut, It’s About Time, sold 10,400 copies in its first week, opening at #91.
The rest of next week’s top 10 looks fairly similar to this week’s, with the 25th installment in the Now That’s What I Call Music! franchise holding for a second straight week at #3 with 86,400 units sold, followed at #4 by Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus, the latest release from the Disney Channel pop star, who climbs one chart position thanks to another 75,200 scans. All told, the disc has sold more than 1 million copies in just seven weeks of commercial release.
The “Hairspray” soundtrack, which generated sales of close to 68,700, slips two spots to #6, followed at #7 by last week’s #1, Common’s Finding Forever, with week-two sales reported at almost 57,600, a 63 percent drop. At #8 with more than 51,500 scans is Fergie’s The Dutchess, and falling one spot to #9 is T.I.’s T.I. vs. T.I.P., which sold 45,400 units. Rounding things out at #10 is Korn’s Untitled, which scanned another 44,900 copies during its second week on shelves; sales took a 64 percent nosedive, dropping the album eight spots from the previous week’s tally, when the disc debuted at #2.
Another band making its return to the chart after a lengthy lull is Fuel with their latest, Angels and Devils. The record sold more than 15,100 copies to bow at #42. Following them at #55 is the new one from Slightly Stoopid, Chronchitis, selling 11,700 units, and coming in at #58 with 11,300 scans is Latin dancehall sensation Kat DeLuna’s debut LP, 9 Lives. Austin, Texas, indie rockers Okkervil River’s The Stage Names claims the #62 slot with 10,300 sold, while Drowning Pool’s Full Circle follows at #64 with 10,100 copies snatched up.
Finishing at #73 with 9,100 sold is Christian rock outfit Third Day’s Chronology, Vol. 2, while “American Idol” season four finalist Constantine Maroulis debuts at #75 with Constantine selling 8,900 copies, and coming in at #81 with sales of 8,600 and change is Throwdown’s new one, Venom and Tears.
A bit further down the road, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ This Is Somewhere opens at #119 with 6,200 scans, while comedy duo Flight of the Conchords’ The Distant Future follows at #126, selling 5,800 copies. The Receiving End of Sirens close out the week at #130, with 5,600 of their new one, The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi, leaving record store shelves. And lastly, selling 3,900 units for a #188 finish is Invasion, a compilation featuring the likes of Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and a host of others.
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