Disturbed grabs third No. 1 on Billboard 200
'Now 28' takes second placeNEW YORK -- Disturbed claims its third Billboard 200 No. 1 as "Indestructible" bows atop the chart this week. Moving 252,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Warner Bros. set follows in the footsteps of the rock act's 2002 album "Believe" (284,000) and 2005's "Ten Thousand Fists" (239,000).
Only six other rock bands have earned three consecutive No. 1 debuts with studio albums: Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, Staind and System of a Down.
The 28th edition of the "Now That's What I Call Music ..." series starts at No. 2 on the chart with 185,000. All 28 of the multilabel compilations have reached the top 10 on the chart, as have many of its spinoffs, including "Now That's What I Call Christmas." "Now That's What I Call Classic Rock," which also debuted this week, bows at No. 20 with 23,000.
After topping the chart last week, Usher's "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) slips to No. 3 with 145,000, a 67% decrease in sales.
Weezer's third self-titled set starts at No. 3 with 126,000. The Geffen effort's first single "Pork and Beans" has already spent several weeks atop Billboard's Modern Rock chart. Weezer's last album, 2005's "Make Believe," arrived at a career-high No. 2.
Journey's Wal-Mart exclusive set "Revelation" opens at No. 5 with 105,000 copies. It's the band's highest charting album and best sales week since "Trial By Fire" debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 145,000 in 1996. That was the band's last album with lead singer Steve Perry; new frontman Arnel Pineda was discoved by Journey via YouTube.
Ashanti lands at No. 6 with "The Declaration" (Universal Motown), shifting 86,000. Her last studio effort, 2005's "Concrete Rose," started at No. 7 with 254,000 during Christmas week 2004.
The New Line soundtrack to "Sex in the City" tumbles from No. 2 to No. 7 with 60,000 (down 9%) this week. Jewel's first country set, "Perfectly Clear" (Valory Music Group), moves 48,000 to debut at No. 8. It also bows at the summit of Top Country Albums. Jewel's last Atlantic album, 2006's "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland," also started at No. 8.
3 Doors Down's Universal Republic self-titled set slips 3-9 with 45,000 (a 29% decline). At No. 10, Chris Brown's "Exclusive" (Jive) enjoys a whopping 261% increase to 36,000, thanks to a reissue of the album last week with additional songs.
Other big debuts this week include Opeth's "Watershed" at No. 23 (Roadrunner, 20,000), Radiohead's "Best Of" at No. 26 (Capitol/EMI, 18,000), former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale's "Wanderlust" at No. 32 (Interscope, 15,000), the compilation "Vans Warped Tour '08" at No. 34 (ADA, 15,000) and Poison singer/ reality TV star Bret Michaels' "Rock My World" at No. 39 (VH1 Classics, 13,000).
Aimee Mann's "@#%&! Smilers" (SuperEgo) arrives at No. 80 with 8,000, while new at No. 83 is the self-titled Sub Pop debut from up-and-coming Seattle rock outfit Fleet Foxes, which sold a couple hundred copies less than the Mann release.