Rookies rule the tune roost

New 'Jacked' lands on top

Taking a dangerous cue from the movie industry, the music business has made the opening week paramount as the majority of the top 10 is rookies for the third week in a row.

Gretchen Wilson is the winner this week as her sophomore effort, “All Jacked Up” (Epic), sold 264,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The country thrush far outdistanced runner-up Sheryl Crow, whose first studio effort in three years, “Wildflower” (A&M), sold 140,000 in the week ended Sunday.

The Three 6 Mafia’s “Most Known Unknown” (Columbia) came in at No. 3, selling 115,000, about 1,000 more copies than Toni Braxton’s “Libra” (Blackground) at No. 4.

Lil Kim, now behind bars, sent “Naked Truth” (Atlantic) home with 109,000 consumers to land at No. 6. A slot lower was labelmate Sean Paul’s “Trinity,” which sold 107,000 copies.

Neil Young just missed the top 10 as his “Prairie Wind” (Reprise) sold 72,000 copies. Last week’s top two albums, Disturbed’s “Ten Thousand Fists” (Warner Bros.) and Bon Jovi’s “Have a Nice Day” (Island), sold 92,000 and 89,000 respectively, sliding seven slots each.

Other debuts included: HIM’s “Dark Light” (Sire/Warner Bros.) selling 46,000 to open at No. 18; Bloodhound Gang’s “Hefty Fine” (Geffen) at No. 24, which sold 36,000 — 227 more copies than Wynonna’s “Her Story: Scenes From a Lifetime” (Curb); Ryan Adams and the Cardinals’ “Jacksonville City Nights,” which sold 31,000 (No. 33); and the David Crowder Band’s “Collision,” seller of 27,000 copies (No. 39).

In the top 50, only one disc improved on its week prior sales: Bob Dylan’s “Bootleg Series Vol. 7 — No Direction Home: The Soundtrack.” In the week of PBS’ airing of Martin Scorsese’s docu, two-CD set sold 28,000 copies, a sales spike of more than 7,000. Disc rose to No. 38 from 50.

Warner Bros.’ soundtrack to the film version of “Rent” opened at No. 99 on sales of 11,000.

The decline in year-to-date sales has cracked into double digits as the 2005 tally is now 10.4% behind 2004.

Next week’s No. 1 will once again change as Nickelback’s “All the Right Reasons” is expected to top 200,000 sales in its first week.

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