Maverick group Deftones chimes in at second

NEW YORK — Alt-metal giants Staind had no trouble making their mark on the album charts this week, edging out fellow Warner Music rockers Deftones to claim the top spot, but falling well short of their stratospheric past sales performances.

Group’s fourth album, entitled “14 Shades of Grey” (Elektra), sold 220,000 copies out of the gate, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. That figure reps a 70% decline from the 716,000-unit first-week perf of the group’s third LP “Break the Cycle.”

Still, it was enough to edge out the Deftones’ self-titled fourth studio effort, which claimed the silver medal on sales of 167,000 units. Disc was one of two to make the top 10 from Madonna’s Maverick imprint; the other – the “Matrix Reloaded” soundtrack – landed at sixth with 94,000 copies sold.

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The debut disc from Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first season of musical reality show “American Idol,” got a hefty sales boost last week, as crooner Ruben Studdard was crowned the season-two winner amid stellar ratings.

Clarkson’s RCA release “Thankful” jumped ahead four places to three, as sales climbed by 34% to 105,000 units. Meanwhile, Studdard got some good news of his own, inking a record deal with Clive Davis’ J Records, with an LP to be out by the fall.

Other new releases cracking the top 20 this week included “Mississippi: The Album” (Universal) from rapper David Banner, which bowed in ninth and scanned just under 76,000 copies. Meanwhile, Latin superstar Ricky Martin scanned 65,000 copies of his latest releases “Almas del Silencio” (Sony Discos), grabbing 12th place.

A greatest-hits package from country songstress Jo Dee Messina (Curb) claimed 14th with 55,000 discs sold, and legendary joke-rocker “Weird Al” Yancovic made an impressive bow at 17th place with his latest, “Poodle Hat” (Volcano), selling just under 50,000 copies.

DJ Kayslay, who recently signed a deal with Sony Music after making his reputation putting together hip-hop mix tapes on the streets of New York, opened at 22 with his first major-label release, “The Streetsweeper, Volume 1″ (Epic).

“Transform” does so

Also cracking the top 50 in a debut-heavy week were “Transform” (DreamWorks) from Powerman 5000 at 27 with 39,000 discs sold; “Birds Of Pray” (MCA) from Live at 28 (39,000 sold); perennial Southern rock collective Lynyrd Skynyrd’s latest, “Vicious Cycle” (Sanctuary) at 30, selling 35,000 copies; and Less Than Jake’s “Anthem” (Warner Bros.) at 45, selling 25,000 discs.

There will be a whole lotta Led Zeppelin on next week’s charts, as the legendary group bows a three-disc live set to complement its recent DVD release. And look for Elektra to field another No. 1 contender next month as Metallica bows its latest disc, “St. Anger.”

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