The Dave Matthews Band posted the best sales week of the year for a rock act, selling 464,000 copies of “Stand Up,” their latest RCA disc, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Dave Matthews Band studio album is the fourth consecutive to hit No. 1; 1996’s “Crash” reached No. 2. One of the most popular live acts in the world, band starts a summerlong tour on June 1.
Weezer, powered by the hit single “Beverly Hills,” debuted at No. 2 with “Make Believe” (Geffen), selling 193,000 copies. Tally was a sales record for the band.
Country singer Dierks Bentley came in at No. 6 as his sophomore effort, “Modern Day Drifter” (Capitol Nashville), sold 75,000 copies.
Biggest surprise came in at No. 15, the slot held by World Wrestling Entertainment champ and rapper John Cena. His debut, “You Can’t See Me” (Sony), sold 43,000 in its first round. Cena will be promoting the disc with in-store appearances in conjunction with “Smackdown!” events.
Last week’s No. 1, Nine Inch Nails’ “With Teeth” (Nothing/Interscope) slid to No. 5 on sales of 89,000.
The Starting Line debuted at No. 18 as “Based on a True Story” (Drive Thru) sold 42,000 copies; Van Zant’s country record “Get Right With the Man” opened at No. 21 with sales of 41,000; and Robert Plant’s “Mighty Rearranger” (Sanctuary) was a notch lower on sales of 38,000.
Spoon’s “Gimme Fiction” (Merge) made it to No. 44, selling 20,000, while Styx’s “Big Bang Theory” (New Door) sold 19,000 to land at No. 46.