…not really, but I like the title. Sue me.
As one would infer from my attempt to compose a witty headline, hard rock band Disturbed bows atop the Billboard 200 Album chart for the fourth time (out of five albums) with their latest effort, “Asylum”. 179,000 folks decided to purchase the latest effort by the Chicago band. It’s one of two albums in six figures this week, with the #2 album being the 35th installment of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” series.
Three more albums debut in the Top Ten this week. R&B singer Lyfe Jennings scores his third Top 10 album with “I Still Believe”, the Goo Goo Dolls return after a fairly lengthy absence at #7 with “Something for the Rest of Us”, and Ann and Nancy Wilson return to the Top 10 for the first time in two decades, as “Red Velvet Cake Car” checks in at the anchor position.
Despite the notable debuts, it’s still a relatively quiet week in chartland. There aren’t too many big increases, and the albums that do gain traction appear to come from the country world. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band and Darius Rucker (all with albums that have sold well over a million copies at this point) see increases. There’s also a bump for Justin Bieber at #8 (up 7%), and some love for the “Glee” soundtracks, thanks to the recent Emmy telecast as well as buzz for the show’s upcoming second season.
Next week, we could very well be looking at a chart in which not one album sells over 100,000 copies. That depends on whether Disturbed can manage a drop of less than 50%, whether the “Now” album can hold on (unlike most albums, “Now” compilations typically have only minimal decreases in week 2), or whether Eminem can score a reasonable jump in sales (he’s at #3 this week with 92K). Indie rock band Interpol and singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles will score the week’s highest debuts, but neither of them is likely to hit six figures. Of course, the chart in the following week will reflect the new Linkin Park album, which should start off with one of the prettiest first week numbers we’ve seen in quite some time! There will also be several appreciable jumps in that chart due to the MTV Video Music Awards next Sunday, so while next week’s Chart Stalker promises to be fairly boring (unless I can think of a new wrinkle for the column), you can save your excitement for the following week’s installment!
Here’s the Top 20:
1) “Asylum” Disturbed
2) “Now That’s What I Call Music 35” Various Artists
3) “Recovery” Eminem
4) “Teenage Dream” Katy Perry
5) “Back to Me” Fantasia
6) “I Still Believe” Lyfe Jennings
7) “Something for the Rest of Us” Goo Goo Dolls
8) “My World 2.0” Justin Bieber
9) “Camp Rock 2 Soundtrack” Various Artists
10) “Red Velvet Car” Heart
11) “Intimacy” Kem
12) “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
13) “Versus” Usher
14) “The Suburbs” Arcade Fire
15) “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise” Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs
16) “Thank Me Later” Drake
17) “Feeding the Wolves” 10 Years
18) “Nightmare” Avenged Sevenfold
19) “Junky Star” Ryan Bingham
20) “The Fame” Lady GaGa