Rock reigned supreme for yet another week on the nation’s sales chart as Audioslave’s second album, “Out of Exile” (Interscope/Epic), entered at No. 1, selling 263,000 discs in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Band’s profile had been raised in recent weeks with an unprecedented free outdoor show in Havana and a Hollywood Boulevard perf for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Group’s self-titled debut has sold nearly 3 million since its 2002 release.
“Be” (Geffen), a more focused follow-up to rapper Common’s previous disc, the eclectic “Electric Circus,” grabbed the second position on the strength of moving 185,000 copies.
Two other bows in the top 10 were virtual hip-hop group Gorillaz’s sophomore effort, “Demon Days” (Virgin), at No. 6 with 107,000 sold. The tough-yet-sensitive metal of South African group Seether’s “Karma and Effect” (Wind Up) moved 82,000 to land at No. 8.
Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi,” her second disc for Island, remained a strong seller, with 179,000 copies moved, placing the album firmly in the No. 3 spot for the third week in a row (1.5 million to date).
Last week’s top-selling disc, “Mezmerize” (American/Columbia), from System of a Down, fell to the fourth slot with 169,000 units sold. Toby Keith’s “Honkytonk University” (DreamWorks Nashville) dropped from No. 2 to 5 on 128,000.
Dave Matthews Band’s “Stand Up” (RCA) slid from fourth to seventh (101,000), and Gwen Stefani’s “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” (Interscope), dropped from No. 8 to 10 (76,000).
Notable entries among the top 40 include Philadelphia rap duo Young Gunz at No. 15 with “Brothers From Another” (Roc-A-Fella) (59,000); the Universal soundtrack to “The Longest Yard,” boasting Nelly and other rappers, No. 22 (48,000); the pop-punk Vagrant act Alkaline Trio, in at No. 25 with “Crimson” (41,000); and the Jakob Dylan-led Wallflowers with their fifth disc, “Rebel, Sweetheart” (Interscope), debuting at No. 40 (26,000).