'Course' a chart monster in debut week
The rap-rock “mash-up” — in which tracks from two artists are mixed together to create new songs — between Jay-Z and Linkin Park sold 368,000 copies in its debut as the previous week’s rookies saw significant drops in their sophomore sessions.
The first release from the MTV-branded series, Warners release “Collision Course,” bested last week’s pole-sitter, U2’s “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” (Interscope), by 80,000 units as the Irish band’s latest took a 66% dip from its opening stanza.
On the heels of the Jay-Z/Linkin Park debut, MTV announced it would produce five “Ultimate Mash-Ups” next year. Each will include the MTV special, a CD and a DVD. The “Jay-Z vs. Linkin Park” special premiered Nov. 10.
Kelly Clarkson, who won the first “American Idol” competition, saw her second album, “Breakaway” (RCA), debut at No. 3 on sales of 250,000 in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
This year’s winner, Fantasia, dropped to No. 21 from eight as her debut disc, “Free Yourself” (J Records), sold 90,00 copies, a decline of 62%.
Rappers Nas and T.I. debuted in the top 10 in a week that is historically the weakest period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s; album sales dipped more than 8% from the previous week. Nas’ two-CD set “Street’s Disciple” (Columbia) opened at No. 5 on sales of 232,000; T.I.’s “Urban Legend” moved 193,000 to debut at No. 7.
Other debuts were Josh Groban’s “Live at the Greek” (Warners) at No. 24, selling 84,000 copies of the DVD-CD combo, and Gerald Levert’s “Do I Speak for the World?” (Atlantic), which sold 66,000 to land at No. 29.
This week found 18 albums selling more than 100,000 copies, a number that should go up considerably next week as bumps from Grammy nominations should pump up Usher, Ray Charles (85,000 copies of “Genius Loves Company” sold last week), Green Day (79,000 of “American Idiot”), Kanye West’s “The College Dropout” and others.
New albums are due in stores from Ludacris, who is expected to open at No. 1; Lindsay Lohan; Cam’ron; and Marion.