It had been awhile -- two years, in fact -- since Staind released 14 Shades of Grey, so the fate of the New England band's latest album, Chapter V, was uncertain. Fortunately for Staind, the LP's leadoff single, "Right Here," helped move nearly 185,000 copies of the album, giving the rockers their third consecutive Billboard-topping debut, according to the latest SoundScan figures.
While Chapter V marks a victory for the band, it isn't Staind's biggest first-week performer. 2003's 14 Shades opened with close to 221,000 scans, while the band's 2001 breakthrough, Break the Cycle, scored sales of more than 716,000 during its first week in stores. This time out Staind were closely followed by the 19th installment in the Now That's What I Call Music! series, which sold more than 160,000 copies during its fourth week in stores, capturing the albums chart's #2 and pushing the compilation -- which includes hit songs by Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Ludacris and Coldplay -- to just over 1 million sold.
Country queen Faith Hill's Fireflies -- which slips from #1 to #3 -- wasn't too far back, with second-week scans of nearly 124,000. Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi falls from #3 to #4 for the first time in three weeks; that release netted close to 103,000 scans for an 18-week total of more than 2.9 million. The Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business climbs three spots to #5 thanks to a 21 percent boost in retail interest. More than 74,000 copies of the disc sold during this most recent chart week, bringing the LP's grand total to over 1 million moved.
Young Jeezy's Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 falls two spots to #6 with scans of 71,000 plus, followed at #7 by Coldplay's X&Y, which sold nearly 60,000 copies. Up two chart positions from last week to take #8 is the latest from Gorillaz, Demon Days; sales of the disc were clocked at just under 57,000, enough to top Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway, which holds on to the chart's #9 slot. Bow Wow's Wanted is just that, it would seem, as the disc jumps two spots to #10 with week-five sales of 51,000.
"TRL" favorites Fall Out Boy climb another three spots on the chart to take #13 this week. Their latest, From Under The Cork Tree, moved over 46,000 copies. Sales of Green Day's American Idiot surged 15 percent this past week, securing the band the chart's #14 spot with nearly 44,000 scans. Rounding out the top 15 -- and coming in with just 129 fewer scans than Green Day -- is Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby.
After Staind, Billboard's biggest debut was turned in by progressive bluegrass act Nickel Creek whose latest, Why Should The Fire Die?, opens at #17 with nearly 42,000 scans. Looking for Lucky, the newest offering from Hootie and the Blowfish, comes in at #47 with debut-week sales of over 20,000. Rocker/reality-TV star Tommy Lee takes the chart's #62 spot with his latest, Tommyland: The Ride, moving over 16,000 copies. Searching for Jerry Garcia, the solo offering from D12's Proof, pops up at #65 with 15,000 plus scans. Chimaira's self-titled disc hits #74 (14,000), Pennywise's Fuse grabs #78 (13,000), and in at #104 is Killer Queen, a tribute disc honoring the Freddie Mercury-fronted band featuring contributions from Jason Mraz, Joss Stone, Sum 41, Shinedown, Gavin DeGraw, and Constantine Maroulis of "American Idol" fame.
Duff's The Stuff
"Wake Up," the latest single from Hilary Duff, has fast become a "TRL" favorite and a radio staple. The song appears on the singer/actress' Most Wanted, a compilation mixing the 'tween queen's greatest hits and some fresh cuts, which hit stores this week. Perhaps the anticipation that has been building for the new release has helped boost sales of Duff's 2003 LP Metamorphosis and last year's self-titled disc. The sales surge could also be attributed to Duff's hectic summer schedule: She's been on tour since mid-July, and is booked through September.
Duff's self-titled LP jumps 25 spots to #155 on the most recent albums chart, moving more than 6,700 copies -- a 12 percent sales boost. Metamorphosis, which was a no-show on the previous week's chart, climbs back into the top 200 and reaches #189 with 5,500 scans, an 11 percent spike.
Upward Motion For Twin Cities Band
Motion City Soundtrack have had a solid summer. The Minneapolis-based, Mark Hoppus-endorsed band is fresh from a stint on this summer's Warped Tour and has a fall trek with Fall Out Boy lined up. And on August 9, Motion City Soundtrack's video aired on MTV while the band was the featured artist on the network's primetime "10 Spot Drop."
Apparently there were a lot of people glued to the tube that evening. Commit This to Memory, the band's latest album, experienced a 41 percent sales hike last week, moving more than 7,400 copies of their newest LP to land at #136.
For a feature on Young Jeezy, check out "Young Jeezy: Putting His Mouth Where His Money Is."