Trent Reznor's return with Nine Inch Nails will be a big one as the group will claim the number one album in the country on next week's "Billboard" album chart.According to SoundScan sales figures released Wednesday morning, NIN's "The Fragile" sold more than 228,000 copies in its first week in stores to take the top spot (for more on Reznor and the making of "The Fragile," check out "Trent Reznor: A Conversation With Kurt Loder"). This week's number one, Eve, will drop to number five after selling an additional 146,000 copies of her "Let There Be Eve... Ruff Ryders' First Lady." Reznor and Nine Inch Nails lead a hefty rush of new blood into the album chart as Barbara Streisand, Brian McKnight, Tori Amos, Adam Sandler, Chris Cornell, Terror Squad, Brooks & Dunn, and Type O Negative all crack the top 40. Streisand debuts at six with "A Love Like Ours," and McKnight nips at her heels at seven with "Back
One."Tori pops up at number twelve after selling more than 112,000 copies of her "to venus and back," while Sandler's "Stan & Judy's Kid" and Cornell's "Euphoria Morning" land in the top 20, debuting at 16 and 18 respectively. A bit further down, the self-titled album from Terror Squad arrives at 22, Brooks & Dunn's "Tight Rope" hits at 31, and Type O Negative's "World Coming Down" lands at 39. Other notable debuts include Kane & Abel at 61, Ben Harper at 67, Ideal at 104, Randy Travis at 129, Stereolab at 153, and Hank Williams Jr. at 161.
-- Robert Mancini