There were some major disturbances in the upper echelons of the album charts this week, as three-time champs the Dixie Chicks were unseated from the No. 1 position, and an eclectic group of debuts elbowed their way into the top 20.
Chicago-based metal foursome Disturbed grabbed the top spot this week with “Believe,” its sophomore disc and first on Warner Music Group’s flagship Warner Bros. imprint. Album moved almost 284,000 copies out of the gate, according to SoundScan data.
Move shifted the Chicks’ latest effort, “Home” (Columbia), down to second place, as sales ebbed by 21% to 168,000. Still, the country supergroup has already eclipsed its past performances by selling a whopping 1.5 million copies of “Home” in less than a month.
Disturbed release was in the vanguard in the music industry’s busy fourth-quarter release schedule, which includes upcoming discs from Jay-Z, Faith Hill, Jennifer Lopez, the Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake. Execs are betting the farm on the all-important holiday season, in hopes of pulling record sales out of a stubborn slump.
The second-strongest bow of the week came from hip-hop act Disturbing Tha Peace. The group’s debut release for Universal Music’s Def Jam imprint, titled “Golden Grain,” sent more than 95,000 copies off the shelves in the latest frame.
Pop-rock quartet Lifehouse scored the seventh position with “Stanley Climbfall,” its second disc for DreamWorks Records, selling 74,000 copies. And in ninth was none other than adult-contemporary king Kenny G, whose Arista release “Paradise” moved 61,000 units.
Also bowing high in the mix were “Quizas” (Universal) from Enrique Iglesias at 12, “Inside Wants Out” (Columbia) – a reissue EP from buzz-laden songwriter John Mayer – at 22, and “Ask a Woman Who Knows” (Verve) from songstress Natalie Cole at 32.
Disturbed isn’t likely to last long on the number-one throne, as the King is getting ready to reclaim it. BMG’s much-touted Elvis Presley retrospective “Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits” is a lock on the top spot in next week’s charts, with sales expected to top the half-million mark.
Label insiders will be watching closely to see if the album can maintain that sales level over the longer term — BMG has earmarked a reported $8 million-$10 million to market the release from now through the Christmas season, in hopes of creating a blockbuster on par with last year’s Beatles “1” phenom from EMI.