You might not be aware of this, but Godsmack's last two albums -- 2003's Faceless and '06's IV -- have both premiered at #1 on the Billboard albums chart. And now, well, they've made it three in a row.
The Massachusetts metallers will once again bow in the top spot of next week's chart, selling more than 117,000 copies of their Oracle album, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's a far cry from the 200,000-plus copies Faceless and IV sold in their first weeks, but we get the feeling the guys in Godsmack aren't too upset about it.
Landing at #2 -- again -- are unstoppable country juggernauts Lady Antebellum, who sold another 97,000 copies of their Need You Now album, moving them past the 2 million mark in total sales. Christian rockers MercyMe are next at #3, after selling nearly 88,000 copies of their album The Generous Mr. Lovewell. The top five is rounded out by Carol King and James Taylor's Live at the Troubadour (78,000) and Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 (64,000).
The Deftones' Diamond Eyes bows at #6, with sales of more than 62,000 copies. The self-titled debut from Dixie Chicks spin-off the Court Yard Hounds is next at #7, with sales of more than 61,000 copies. AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack is in at #8 (55,000); Toni Braxton's Pulse debuts at #9 (54,000); and Usher's Raymond v. Raymond is at #10, with sales of about 51,000.
Outside the top 10, there are debuts from Trina, whose Amazin' bows at #13 (more than 32,000 copies sold); Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, who return with Uni5: The World's Enemy (#14, 29,000); indie rockers the New Pornographers (Together, #18, 25,000) and bar-rock revivalists the Hold Steady, whose Heaven Is Whenever sold nearly 23,000 copies to open at #26.