Incubus hurls 'Grenades' at stagnant album chart
Only top 10 debut; Jay-Z drops 79%Incubus' new album "Light Grenades" blows up at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week as overall sales cooled after the Black Friday rush.
The hard rock group's Epic release bows at the top of the album chart with sales of 165,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Dec. 3. The San Fernando Valley-bred band, which scores its first No. 1 release, is the only act to debut in the top 10.
This week, only the top 10 titles on the Billboard 200 sold more than 100,000. In the wake of the holiday season kickoff last week, 19 titles attained that level.
Despite a 6% slip in sales, Walt Disney Records' "Hannah Montana" soundtrack gains five positions; the Miley Cyrus-led package climbs to No. 2 with sales of 157,000.
Other albums in the top five showed declines of 46%-49%. "Daughtry" (RCA), the group debut of "American Idol" also-ran Chris Daughtry, falls one post to No. 3, selling 156,000. The Sony-distributed "Now 23" hits compilation moves up one position, tracking 154,000. "Love" (Apple/ Capitol), the Cirque du Soleil remix of Beatles classics, loses one slot, reaching No. 5 with 146,000 shifted. Last week's No. 1 performer, renascent rapper Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come" (Def Jam), plunges 79% and falls to No. 6, reaping sales of 140,000.
In its seventh week on the chart, Sarah McLachlan's "Wintersong" finally receives some major yuletide liftoff. The seasonal album climbs 15 positions to No. 7, selling 116,000 with a 38% sales gain.
Rapper Akon's "Konvicted" (Konvict/Up Front/Universal Motown) holds at No. 8, moving 110,000 with a 33% drop. Pop vocalist Josh Groban's "Awake" (Warner Bros.) moves up five notches to No. 9 despite a 19% slide, with 108,000 sold.
Like McLachlan's holiday package, "Now Christmas 3," the Sony BMG-distributed compilation, witnesses a big lift. The collection — featuring evergreens by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and other pop luminaries — gains 14 spots, hitting No. 10 with 102,000 sold.
Sibling rap duo Clipse grabs the only other top 20 debut of the week as the Virginia twosome's "Hell Hath No Fury" enters at No. 14 with first-week sales of 78,000.