Maroon5 to 1 in a big way

Sells 429,000; Ozzy flies his highest

In a week in which four of the five top albums on the Billboard 200 are debuts, Maroon5's "I Won't Be Soon Before Long" lands way ahead of the pack at No. 1. The band's A&M/Octone sophomore effort moved 429,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending May 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Maroon5's 2002 debut, "Songs About Jane," peaked at No. 6 in 2004, earned the band a best new artist Grammy and has sold more than 4 million copies.

"Soon" sold 102,000 copies digitally, breaking the record set last week when Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) moved 84,000 via that format to debut at No. 1. The latter album slips to No. 2 this week with 198,000 units sold.

At No. 3, Ozzy Osbourne scores his best-charting album ever with "Black Rain," which sold 152,000. That's only 1,000 less than the opening week for 2001's "Down to Earth," which entered at No. 4. Nearly a quarter of sales for "Black Rain" came from digital retailers, which offered early ticketing to this summer's Ozzfest with preorders for the limited-edition album.

Hip-hop trio U.S.D.A., Young Jeezy's collaboration with Slick Pulla and Blood Raw, starts at No. 4 with "Cold Summer." The Def Jam set moved 95,000 units.

Rock troupe the Used's "Lies for the Liars" (Reprise) bows at No. 5 with 92,000, a chart high-water mark. The quartet's 2004 effort, "In Love and Death," started at No. 6 with 93,000.

The RCA debut by Daughtry, led by "American Idol" rocker Chris Daughtry, climbs four spots to No. 10 with 74,000, while Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible" (143/Reprise) dips four to No. 7 with 62,000. Another "Idol" alum, Carrie Underwood, ascends three rungs to No. 8 with "Some Hearts" (Arista Nashville). The album sold 51,000 in its 80th chart week, boosted by her appearance on the "Idol" season finale.

Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA) falls three notches to No. 9 with 48,000, while Ne-Yo's "Because of You" (Def Jam) drops three to No. 10 with 41,000.

The soundtrack to the Walt Disney Co.'s "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" enters at No. 14 with 35,000, a sales and chart best for the adventure movie series.

Album sales are down 3.2% from last week's total at 8.35 million units and down 16.7% compared with the same week last year.

Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.
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