Down to a System

Columbia band double dips at No. 1

Columbia recording act System of a Down has become the first band in the SoundScan era to chart two No. 1 debuts in a single calendar year.

“Hypnotize,” the latest disc from the L.A. quartet, sold 320,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last disc, “Mezmerize,” sold 453,000 copies in the week that ended May 22; it spiked 39% last week, selling 20,000 copies to land at No. 87.

Rookies filled slots 8, 9 and 10. Enya’s “Amartine” (Reprise) sold 178,000 copies; Juelz Santana’s “What’s the Game Missing” (Def Jam) had sales of 141,000; and Chamillionaire’s “Sound of Revenge” (Universal) cha-chinged 130,000.

Reba McEntire’s two-disc compilation “#1s” (MCA Nashville) sold 117,000 to open at No. 12. “Great Divide” (Wind-up), the first solo disc from Creed front man Scott Stapp, sold 94,000 to debut at No. 19.

Universal’s package of Nelly’s two discs from last year, “Sweatsuit,” sold 64,000 (No. 26); John Mayer’s blues project “Try: John Mayer Trio Live” (Columbia) sold 50,000 (No. 34); and the hip-hop compilation “Big Boi Presents … Got Purp? Vol. 2” (Virgin) sold 35,000 (No. 49).

Televised awards shows did wonders for a few artists. Kenny Chesney’s “The Road & the Radio” (BNA) sold 303,000 to move up a slot to No. 2 following the Country Music Awards, and Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” (Island) got a bump from the American Music Awards, selling 204,000 copies to land at No. 6.

The week included Black Friday, which kicked off holiday sales, but sales of 17 million albums trailed the same week last year by 10%. “Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 20” appeared to be the biggest beneficiary of holiday sales: The UME disc saw a 119,000 bump to a total of 288,000 for the week. Its cume is now above 1 million units.

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