Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. Begins At Billboard #1

Peas kick Dave Matthews Band to #2, as Mos Def and Pleasure P debut in top 10.

The E.N.D. is clearly just the beginning for the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist]. Thanks to the speaker-shredding mega-smash “Boom Boom Pow,” the group will take the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart next week with first-week sales of more than 304,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.

That is more than enough to dethrone last week’s #1, the [artist id="814"]Dave Matthews Band’s[/artist] Big Whiskey & the Groogrux King, the sales of which plummeted by 70 percent to 128,000. At #3, [artist id="502642"]Eminem’s[/artist] Relapse also saw another steep decline (38 percent) to 87,000 units moved, but the album managed to surpass the platinum sales mark in its first month. Showing remarkably strong hang-time, the all-star debut from Chickenfoot — featuring ex-Van Halen members Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar, [artist id="1012"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/artist] drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani — holds strong at #4 with a more than 50 percent uptick in business to 79,000.

The only debuts in the top 10 are from bachata stars Aventura, whose Last comes in at #5 on sales of 47,000; veteran rapper [artist id="504157"]Mos Def[/artist], whose Ecstatic lands at #9 (39,000); and former [artist id="1918586"]Pretty Ricky[/artist] star [artist id="3022362"]Pleasure P[/artist], whose Introduction of Marcus Cooper sneaks in at #10 (39,000).

The rest of the top 10 are: [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga’s[/artist] Fame (#6, 47,000), the “Hannah Montana” soundtrack (#7, 46,000) and [artist id="988"]Green Day’s[/artist] 21st Century Breakdown (#8, 41,000). Back on an independent label after 20 years on a major, legendary New York noisers [artist id="1018"]Sonic Youth[/artist] hit #18 with their latest, Eternal (19,000), and veteran soul sister Teena Marie is close behind at #20 with Congo Square (18,000).

The full-length debut from D-Block (featuring the members of the LOX and others) drops in at #40 (12,000), while the DJ Quik & Kurupt collaboration, Blaqkout, pops up at #61 (9,000). One of the year’s latest most talked-about indie albums, the Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca, arrives at #65 (8,000), and punk agitators Anti-Flag‘s People or the Gun makes a quiet noise down at #120 (4,000).

The Peas should savor the moment, because next week brings the latest from the Jonas Brothers, Lines, Vines and Trying Times.

Often guilty, never convicted. Serving 15 years to life at MTV News.