[artist id="2402281"]Cobra Starship[/artist] said they were hoping for stardom with Hot Mess, and thanks in part to their Leighton Meester-assisted first single, "Good Girls Go Bad," they appear to be on their way. The band's second album will debut at #4 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart on sales of more than 42,000, by far their best chart performance yet.
The good news was only partially obscured by the gigantic hat atop the head of "King of Country" George Strait, who lands yet another #1 debut for his latest, Twang, which crushed the competition to lord over the charts thanks to sales of 155,000. He has some down-home company courtesy of country upstart Justin Moore, whose self-titled debut squeaks into the top 10 at #10 on sales of 34,000.
The only other top-10 debut in an otherwise quiet week is a live album from Neil Diamond, Hot August Night NYC, which lands at #2 (57,000). The rest of the top 10 contains some familiar faces: [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas'[/artist] The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#3, 45,000), [artist id="1233888"]Kings of Leon's[/artist] Only by the Night (#5, 42,000), Now 31 (#6, 38,000), [artist id="817"]Maxwell's[/artist] BLACKsummers'night (#7, 38,000), [artist id="2385930"]Daughtry's[/artist] Leave This Town (#8, 38,000) and [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift's[/artist] Fearless (#9, 37,000).
Country cutie Jessie James hits #24 with her self-titled debut's sales of just under 19,000. Rap supergroup Slaughterhouse (comprising Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9) will drop into #26 with their self-titled bow (18,000). Buzzed-about singer/songwriter Mindy Smith is way further down at #122 with her debut, Stupid Love, and there wasn't much love for Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm, a six-CD set that mustered a #120 debut on sales of under 4,000.
Next week's top 10 will likely get a visit from another country legend, Reba McEntire, dancehall don Sean Paul and perhaps Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi.