Staind’s Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok called it last week. They knew that their latest LP, The Illusion of Progress, wouldn’t be opening at #1 on next week’s Billboard albums sales chart, thanks to three lads from Wyckoff, New Jersey.
The potential was there to make it four straight #1 openers, following the chart-topping success of 2001’s Break the Cycle (which debuted with 716,000 sold), 2003’s 14 Shades of Grey (221,000) and 2005’s Chapter V (184,000). But the Jonas Brothers — whom Lewis called “Hanson 2008″ — are just too imposing a force at the moment. Despite a 72 percent plunge in retail interest, the Jonases still managed to outsell the Massachusetts rockers, scanning another 146,700 copies of their latest, A Little Bit Longer, which holds for a second-straight week at #1.
Unfortunately for Staind, The Illusion of Progress clocked in at around 91,800 units, which is not only the band’s poorest-performing debut, but wasn’t even enough to earn them the chart’s #2 slot. Instead, Staind’s latest opens at #3, behind Kid Rock’s Rock N Roll Jesus, which sits at #2 with 100,900 sold, according to the latest sales figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.
Otherwise, it’s a strong week for new releases, with 31 others bowing on next week’s top 200. Following the “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack, which falls two spots to #4 with 87,500 sold, is Ice Cube’s latest, Raw Footage, which scanned 69,800 units during its first week in stores. Only one other new release cracks the chart’s top 10, and that honor belongs to Shwayze, whose self-titled debut sold 46,600 copies to enter the chart at #10.
The soundtrack to “Cheetah Girls: One World” enters next week’s chart at #13 with sales reported at 34,300, while the Academy Is… bows at #17 with their latest, Fast Times at Barrington High, selling 22,500 units. Black Stone Cherry’s Folklore and Superstition enters at #28 with 13,600 scans, and Family Force 5’s Dance or Die follows just two spots down at #30 with week-one sales of 13,000.
Wu-Tang Clan constituent GZA’s Pro Tools opens at #52, having sold 9,000 copies, with Karina’s First Love following closely at #57, with sales of 8,900. The Toadies return at #59 with No Deliverance, which scanned 8,600, while Gaslight Anthem’s 59 Sound enters the chart at #70 with 7,400 sold. The Walkmen’s You & Me follows at #71, selling 7,300 copies, and Amy Macdonald’s This Is the Life opens at #92 with 6,000 scans.
Debuting at #98 with 5,800 sold, it’s Donavon Frankenreiter’s Pass It Around, while the Acacia Strain’s Continent enters at #107, with 5,500-plus copies snatched up. Ra Ra Riot’s Rhumb Line bows at #109, selling just under 5,500 copies, and the Dandy Warhols’ new one, Earth to the Dandy Warhols, follows at #128, with first-week sales reported at 4,900. The Goo Goo Dolls’ Vol. 2 claims the #157 slot, on the strength of 4,200 sold, while the Human Abstract’s Midheaven follows at #163 with 4,100 scans. Stereolab’s Chemical Chords enters the chart at #169 with 4,000 sold, while Dance Gavin Dance’s self-titled offering opens at #171 with 3,800 scans.
The remainder of next week’s top 10 contains a number of this year’s most consistent sellers. Miley Cyrus’ Breakout slides two spots to #6 with 61,600 sold, while Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III drops one spot to #7, selling another 56,800. Sugarland’s Love on the Inside follows at #8 with 56,300 scans, and lastly, coming in at #9 with 47,200 sold, is the “Camp Rock” soundtrack — which, coincidentally, includes a number of tracks by the Jonas Brothers.