Now that's what I call a thrashing.
The chips were stacked against Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke on Billboard's albums chart -- as the chips are usually stacked against any artist releasing an album the same week that a Now That's What I Call Music compilation hits store shelves. So it was almost a given that the best Yorke could do with his debut solo album, The Eraser, was open at #2 on the Billboard chart -- as the disc does this week, with more than 90,000 sales.
Now That's What I Call Music -- featuring tracks from artists including Chamillionaire, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Daniel Powter, Ne-Yo, Nickelback and the All-American Rejects -- scored a decisive chart victory, racking up close to 398,000 scans its first week out to take #1, according to the latest SoundScan figures.
Pimp C's Pimpalation, one of 20 new releases to crack the next top 200, sold just over 87,000 copies -- enough for a strong third-place debut. The UGK rapper finishes in front of Nelly Furtado's latest, Loose, which claimed the chart's #4 slot with more than 58,000 copies sold.
With the exception of just one other new album -- Muse's Black Holes & Revelations, which opens at #9 with 48,000 copies sold -- the rest of this week's top 10 belongs to the regulars. Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere claims the #5 spot with 56,000 sales. The prior week's chart champ, Johnny Cash's American V: A Hundred Highways, follows at #6 with nearly 54,000 copies sold its second week in stores. The soundtrack to the Disney Channel original movie "High School Musical" takes #7 with close to 50,000 sales, while Rascal Flatts' Me and My Gang slips one position to #8 with 49,000 scans. The #10 spot is occupied by Rihanna's A Girl Like Me, which sold 47,000 copies during its 12th week out.
The Day Has Come, the debut album from singer/songwriter/MTV reality star Cheyenne Kimball, claims the chart's #15 slot, selling just under 40,000 copies. The Diplomats' JR Writer debuts at #25 after selling 29,000 copies of his History in the Making. The Early November's Mother Mechanic and the Path surfaces at #31 with sales topping 26,000, while Seether's One Cold Night bows at #50 with 17,000-plus scans.
Chicago rapper Rhymefest finishes at #61 with nearly 15,000 copies of Blue Collar snatched up. Sufjan Stevens' The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras From the Illinois Album! opens at #71, selling close to 14,000 units. The Format's Dog Problems ends the week with nearly 11,000 scans to debut at #84, while Butch Walker's The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites! takes #140 with 6,000 sales. Soul Asylum return to the chart at #155 as their new album, Silver Lining, sells nearly 6,000 copies. Phish's Live in Brooklyn follows at #162 with 5,000 scans, and Peaches' Impeach My Bush debuts at #168, selling 5,000 copies its first week in stores.
Several Ozzfest bands released new albums last week, and second-stage act All That Remains lead the pack with their The Fall of Ideals opening at #75 with close to 13,000 copies sold. Festival vets Bury Your Dead take #129 after selling 7,000 copies of their Beauty and the Breakdown, and Strapping Young Lad's The New Black moved more than 4,000 units during its first week in stores to land at #200.