Alan Jackson bests Janet to top Billboard 200
EmptyA tip of the Stetson to Alan Jackson as he ropes his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
His Arista Nashville album "Good Time" nearly doubles its closest rival this week, moving 119,000 units in its debut. The Georgia-born country star first charted in 1990 with "Here in the Real World" and has racked up 14 platinum albums since. The RIAA ranks him No. 32 on its all-time list with 42 million albums sold.
It'll be a particularly merrySt. Patrick's Day for veteran pub punks Flogging Molly. The Celtic-flavored Los Angeles septet smashes onto the tally at No. 4 with "Float," its first studio album in 3 1⁄2 years. It's the band's best chart showing and, at 48,000 units, its biggest sales week. It also marks a new chart peak for indie label SideOneDummy, whose only other top 10 visit came with the two-disc "Vans Warped Tour 2004" compilation.
The reunited Black Crowes score their best-charting album since 1992 with "Warpaint" (Silver Arrow/Megaforce), which bows at No. 5 with 46,000 sold. It's the first studio album in seven years for the brothers Robinson and the Atlanta band's first top 10 since its sophomore effort "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion" debuted at No. 1 16 years ago.
Overall album sales for the week ending March 9 are down 3.5% from last week at 7.68 million units and down 11.3% from the same week last year.
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.