An un-Common chart bow
Scores first No. 1; Korn streak growsFor the first time in his 14-year career, Common tops the Billboard 200 with "Finding Forever."
The rapper's Geffen set, which features production from Kanye West and a guest appearance by Lily Allen, moved 155,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Aug. 5. Common's 2005 effort, "Be," debuted and peaked at No. 2 but had a better sales tally with 185,000.
Korn's "Untitled" (Virgin) climbs aboard at No. 2 this week, marking the hard rock troupe's seventh consecutive top 10 album. The group's streak dates to 1996, when "Life Is Peachy" debuted at No. 3.
The "Now 25" hits compilation (Universal/EMI/Sony BMG/Zomba) falls to No. 3 after a two-week reign at No. 1, moving 123,000. The New Line soundtrack to "Hairspray" slips two rungs to No. 4 on 82,000 units sold. Miley Cyrus' double-disc Walt Disney/Hollywood set "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" dips one spot to No. 5 with 82,000.
Powered by the chart-topping hit "Beautiful Girls," 17-year-old Sean Kingston enters the chart at No. 6 with his self-titled Beluga Heights/Epic Records debut. The newcomer's single pole-vaulted from No. 23 to No. 1 on the Hot 100 last week after a strong performance at digital retail.
"Kidz Bop 12," the latest in the successful Razor & Tie series, debuts at No. 7 with 71,000. It's the sixth consecutive title in the main "Kidz Bop" line to debut in the top 10 of the big chart.
T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P." (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) falls three notches to No. 8 with 55,000, and Fergie's "The Dutchess" (will.i.am/ A&M/Interscope) follows suit, falling three to No. 9 with 53,000. Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) closes out the top tier, dipping two places to No. 10 with 44,000.
Sales this week are up 3.8% compared with last week's sum at 8.27 million units and down 9.6% compared with the same week last year. There have been 271.3 million album sales to date for the year, down 14.2% compared with last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.