Dave Matthews makes ‘Everyday’ count: No. 1

Release is biggest debut of the year

The Dave Matthews Band’s “Everyday” landed in the top spot as expected, selling nearly three-quarters of a million copies in its first week of sales.

Retailers had been expecting the RCA disc to top 800,000; regardless, it is the biggest debut and single week of sales for the year. The heavily marketed album, the DMB’s seventh, has been driven by the single “I Did It” over the last several weeks, and, to a certain degree, its success flies in the face of logic that says Napster exposure hurts record sales. The album’s tracks have been illegally available through the file-sharing service for almost a month.

Also debuting in the top 10 were the new release from DJ Clue, who scored a top 10 hit last year with his “Backstage Mixtape” from the film “Backstage,” and the second album from Project Pat. Clue’s Def Jam disc “Part 2 — Professional” sold 239,000 to land at No. 3, followed by Project Pat’s “Mista Don’t Play” (Loud), which moved 126,000 units. Clue Rapper Silkk the Shocker’s “My World My Way” (Priority) was the other top debut, snaring the 12th spot on sales of 81,000.

Pearl Jam landed seven albums in the top 200 after releasing 23 live concert recordings from last year’s tour. The top seller was the “Jones Beach — August 25, 2000” album, which laid out the towel at No. 159 on sales of almost 8,000. Another 24 live albums — again all from North America shows — are slated for a March 27 release. A block of 25 concert recordings from Europe was released in September.

Beatles bug out of top tier

The Beatles fell out of the top three for the first time this year as “1” landed at No. 6 on sales of 96,000. Dido was the only gainer in the top 10, selling 125,000 albums but dropping to No. 5. The WWF’s music compilation plummeted to No. 9 from No. 2 as its sales dropped by 93,000 units to 83,000.

Among the other acts debuting were Jessica Andrews’ “Who I Am” (DreamWorks), which sold 62,000 for No. 22; A-Teens’ “Teen Spirit” (MCA), with almost 30,000 at No. 52; Ricky Martin’s Spanish-lingo overview “La Historia” from Sony (19,000, No. 83); Dirty’s Universal disc “Pimp and D’ Gangsta” (18,000, No. 88); A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings’ “Shhhh!” on EMI Latin (17,000, No. 92); and Gladys Knight’s MCA disc “At Last” (15,500, No. 98).

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