Score four for Jackson
Flogging Molly outsells new CrowesA tip of the Stetson to Alan Jackson as he ropes his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
His Arista Nashville album "Good Time" nearly doubles its closest rival this week, moving 119,000 units in its debut. The Georgia-born country star first charted in 1990 with "Here in the Real World" and has racked up 14 platinum albums since. The RIAA ranks him No. 32 on its all-time list with 42 million albums sold.
It'll be a particularly merry St. Patrick's Day for veteran pub punks Flogging Molly. The Celtic-flavored Los Angeles septet smashes onto the tally at No. 4 with "Float," its first studio album in 31/2 years. It's the band's best chart showing and, at 48,000 units, its biggest sales week. It also marks a new chart peak for indie label SideOneDummy, whose only other top 10 visit came with the two-disc "Vans Warped Tour 2004" compilation.
The reunited Black Crowes score their best-charting album since 1992 with "Warpaint" (Silver Arrow/Megaforce), which bows at No. 5 with 46,000 sold. It's the first studio album in seven years for the brothers Robinson and the Atlanta band's first top 10 since its sophomore effort "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion" debuted at No. 1 16 years ago.
Overall album sales for the week ending March 9 are down 3.5% from last week at 7.68 million units and down 11.3% from the same week last year.
Billboard analyst Keith Caul-field contributed to this report.
1 New Alan Jackson Good Time 119,000
2 3 Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static 65,000
3 1 Janet Jackson Discipline 57,000
4 New Flogging Molly Float 48,000
5 New Black Crowes Warpaint 46,000
6 2 Erykah Badu New Amerykah: 4th World War 41,000
7 9 Sara Bareilles Little Voice 39,000
8 5 Alicia Keys As I Am 38,000
9 12 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift 32,000
10 10 Amy Winehouse Back to Black 31,000