AFI Burns Brightly With No. 1 Debut
June 14, 2006, 11:10 AM ET
Katie Hasty, N.Y.
AFI's "Decemberunderground" opens at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the first chart-topper of the band's career. The Tiny Evil/Interscope set moved 182,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rock group's best one-week tally. AFI's previous album, "Sing the Sorrow," entered at No. 3 in 2003 with 96,000.
After holding down No. 1 for two weeks straight, the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" (Columbia) falls to No. 2 with 175,000 copies, a 36% sales decrease.
"New Joc City" from Bad Boy South's Yung Joc debuts at No. 3 with 148,000. Sales were fueled by the popularity of the lead single, "It's Goin' Down," which overtook the No. 4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 last week. "New Joc City" also crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
With his first album in six years, Ice Cube returns to the 200 with "Laugh Now, Cry Later" at No. 5 (144,000). This is the former N.W.A. rapper's first release through his own Lench Mob imprint and is his sixth to bow in the top 10 tier of the chart.
The soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical" slips 2-5 with 87,000 (-16%), while the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Warner Bros. set "Stadium Arcadium" falls 3-6 with a 2% decrease at 86,000 copies.
With contributions from Rascal Flatts, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow, the soundtrack to Disney's Pixar-animated film "Cars" steers into the No. 7 slot in its debut week with 68,000 copies. The set also lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart.
Rascal Flatts' fourth Lyric Street/Hollywood set, "Me and My Gang," dips 4-8 with a 17% decrease while Rihanna's "A Girl Like Me" (SRP/Def Jam) re-enters the top tier, moving 11-9 with 51,000 (+2%). The 21st "NOW! That's What I Call Music" (BMG/Zomba/EMI/UME) installment drops 6-10 with 49,000 (-12%).
Terror Squad's DJ Khaled scratches out 44,000 copies of his debut "Listennn: The Album," good enough for a No. 12 debut, while Jeff Foxworthy and friends' "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One For the Road" (Warner Bros.) bows at No. 19 with 35,000. Other big debuts include SideOneDummy's "Vans Warped Tour 2006 Compilation" (No. 27, 30,000) and Kottonmouth Kings' fifth Suburban Noize record, "Koast II Koast" (No. 39, 21,000).
At 9.5 million units, overall CD sales were up 3% from the previous week and down 14% compared to the same week a year ago. Sales for 2006 are down 3% compared to 2005 at 241.2 million units.
Heck maybe I'll go see 'em in Vegas too... I bought a ticket just in case I can make it to keep my options open as it will likely sell out fast. I like Vegas.