“Sevens,” the eagerly awaited disc by country phenom Garth Brooks, was the bestselling album in the nation with 897,000 copies going home with consumers during its first week.
The impressive debut for the Capitol Nashville disc is the year’s highest, and checks in as the second-highest opening in the SoundScan era behind Pearl Jam’s “Vs.,” which moved more than 950,000 copies in 1993.
Surveyed retailers suggested the disc could have easily crossed the 1 million unit tally for the first six days had it been released the week of Brooks’ HBO Concert from Central Park, which was held in August.
But changes within EMI Music, the conglom parent of Capitol, forced Brooks to delay the bow until the restructuring dust settled.
The disc, however, still benefited from the cabler’s repeated airings of the spesh, which increased during the past two weeks.
“R U Still Down (Remember Me),” the two-disc set from 2Pac which culls out-takes and previously unreleased material, captured the chart’s No. 2 spot with a bow of 549,000 copies, according to sales data released Wednesday.
The disc from the late rap artist who was fatally shot more than a year ago is the industry’s fifth-highest bow for a rap disc.
2Pac’s last three albums, including the 1996 “Makaveli: Don Killuminati — The 7 Day Theory,” which debuted with 664,000 units, bowed at No. 1 on the album sales charts.
Other notable increases include the Columbia Records soundtrack to “Men in Black” rising 11 posts (82,000 copies) as a result of both the highly promoted homevideo bow of the film and the debut of “Big Willie Style,” Will Smith’s solo offering.
The latter Columbia Records disc, the first solo run under his new pact, sold more than 71,000 since its Nov. 25 bow.