‘Right’ takes flight

Canuck rockers Nickelback finally on top

Canadian rockers Nickelback scaled the top of the album chart for the first time in their five-album career, selling 317,000 copies of “All the Right Reasons” (Roadrunner/IDJMG) in its first week.

Top 10 saw yet another lineup change with five rookies entering the Nielsen SoundScan chart in the single digits.

Nickelback, which has enjoyed considerable commercial success since appearing on the “Spider-Man” soundtrack, posted the best sales week for a hard rock album since “System of a Down” sold 453,000 units in the week ended May 22. During the first week of release, band appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”; first single “Photograph” is one of the country’s most popular digital downloads.

Twista took second place, selling 129,000 copies of “The Day After” (Atlantic). But album, his fifth, sold less than half of his major label debut, last year’s “Kamikaze,” which sold 312,000 when it bowed.

Country singer Sara Evans posted her career-best week by selling 126,000 copies of “Real Fine Place.” RCA disc opened at No. 3 on the pop chart and No. 1 on the country list.

Fiona Apple, whose long-delayed “Extraordinary Machine” (Epic) ended a six-year drought from the singer-pianist, entered at No. 7 on sales of 94,000 copies. Labelmates Franz Ferdinand posted career-best numbers with their sophomore effort “You Could Have It So Much Better,” which sold 81,000 copies and opened at No. 8.

Just missing the top 10 were Trina’s “Glamorest Life” (Atlantic) at No. 11 on sales of 77,000; Kirk Franklin at No. 13 with “Hero” (Gospo Centric) on sales of 66,000; and Melissa Etheridge’s greatest hits set, “The Road Less Traveled” (Island), which also sold 66,000 and debuted at No. 14.

Demonstrating the rate at which new discs are hitting the market, another 28 albums debuted in positions between 20 and 200. In the top 50 were Shinedown’s “Us and Them” (Atlantic) at No. 23 (47,000); Chris Cagle’s “Anywhere but Here” (Capitol Nashville), No. 24 (47,000); O.A.R.’s “Stories of a Stranger” (Lava), No. 39 (28,000); Deftones’ “B-Sides & Rarities” (Warner Bros.), No. 42 (27,000); Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Garage” (Universal South), No. 44 (26,000); and Liz Phair’s “Somebody’s Miracle” (Capitol), No. 46 (24,000).

Among discs from veteran acts entering the charts were Cream’s “Royal Albert Hall” reunion shows (Warner Bros.) at No. 59 (19,000); Snoop Dogg’s “Best of” (Priority/Capitol) at No. 121 (11,000); John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” (Capitol) at No. 135 (9,000); and Journey’s “Generations” (Sanctuary) at No. 170 (7,000).

Week’s biggest gainer owed its sales spike to “Oprah.” Faith Hill’s “Fireflies” (Warner Bros.) tripled its sales and shot up 30 slots to No. 10 after singer appeared on the daytime talker. “Fireflies” sold 79,000 last week; cume is 811,000.

Last week’s No. 1, Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” (Epic), dropped to No. 4 on sales of 120,000.

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