Matchbox Twenty Scores First No. 1 Album

2:42 PM PST 09/12/2012 by Keith Caulfield, Billboard
James Minchin
Matchbox Twenty

The reunited Florida band's first full set in 10 years bows with 95,000 units sold. Imagine Dragons, Lecrae and Cat Power also debut in the Top 10.

Reunited pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as North debuts with 95,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the group’s first full-length studio album since 2002’s “More Than You Think You Are,” which debuted and peaked at No. 6 off a 178,000 launch.

Since then, the Florida quintet released an EP (aptly titled EP) in 2003 that went to No. 43 and a greatest-hits package in 2007 titled Exile on Mainstream, which bowed and peaked at No. 3, starting with 131,000.

The group’s breakthrough debut album, 1996’s Yourself or Someone Like You, topped out at No. 5 on the chart the following year but spent a whopping 119 weeks on the tally and gone on to become one of the 40 best-selling albums in U.S. history at 12 million units. In 2000, the act issued its second set, Mad Season, which reached No. 3 and earned its best single sales week when it started with 365,000.

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Matchbox Twenty leads a total of four debuts in the top 10, with two of them arriving at in the second and third slots.

Powered by the hit “It’s Time,” rock band Imagine Dragons debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with its first proper full-length album, Night Visions (83,000 units sold). Of the set’s first-week sales, a full 90 percent were downloads. The album was sale-priced last week at the iTunes Store for $7.99, and Amazon MP3 offered it for $5.

A significant chunk of its downloads were owed to iTunes’ Complete My Album feature, which isn’t surprising. The band had released the successful six-song EP “Continued Silence” earlier this year, and four of those tracks are found on Night Visions. (Consumers who had purchased any four of those tracks could apply them toward the sale of the new set.)

The Continued Silence EP peaked at No. 40 in August but was deleted last week. Thus, it falls completely off the chart after ranking 57th last week.

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At No. 3 is Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae, whose Gravity bowed with a career-high 72,000. Until this week, the artist had never sold more than 27,000 copies of an album in a single week (with 2010’s Rehab, when it debuted at No. 17). Further, Lecrae had never gone higher than No. 15 in 2011, with Rehab: The Overdose.

Lecrae’s success comes hot on the heels of fellow Christian act TobyMac, who debuted at No. 1 last week with Eye on It. The set became the first Christian album to reach No. 1 since Bob Carlyle’s Shades of Grace in 1997. This week, it slips to No. 8 with 26,000 (down 63 percent).

The Now 43 compilation holds at No. 4 with 35,000 (down 14 percent), Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away skips 8-5 with 29,000 (up 7 percent), and Maroon 5’s Overexposed is steady at No. 6 with a little more than 29,000 (down 5 percent).

2 Chainz’s ”Based on a T.R.U. Story” is stationary at No. 7 with 26,000 (down 13 percent), Trey Songz’s ”Chapter V” falls 3-9 with 24,000 (down 43 percent), and Cat Power’s new Sun debuts at No. 10 with 23,000. This is Power’s highest-charting album yet, surpassing the No. 12 debut and peak of 2008’s Jukebox. That set, however, started with a bigger sales figure: 29,000.

Watch the video for Matchbox Twenty's "She's So Mean" below.

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