Furtado has ‘Loose’ hold on No. 1 spot

Canuck singer-songwriter tops chart; Underoath upsets

Nelly Furtado’s “Loose” bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen Soundscan chart last week, giving the artist her first debut at the top spot.

Propelled by the hit “Promiscuous,” “Loose” (Geffen) sold 218,000 copies to displace Busta Rhymes from No. 1. Achievement heralds a rebound for the Canadian singer-songwriter after disappointing sales of 2003’s “Folklore.”

But week’s biggest surprise was the Christian screamo band Underoath. Tampa-based act, on EMI’s Tooth & Nail, was anything but silent as it registered 97,000 copies sold — good enough for the No. 2 spot on the chart. Group will be on the Warped Tour this summer.

Four of the top seven albums were debuts; in addition to Furtado and Underoath, rappers Field Mob sold a solid 63,000 copies of “Light Poles and Pine Trees” (Geffen) to land at No. 7. And Brit popper Keane came in at No. 4 with its sophomore effort, “Under the Iron Sea” (Interscope), moving 75,000 copies.

New records from Guster (30,000 sold), Corinne Bailey Rae (40,000) and Donell Jones (49,000) also debuted in the top 25. Last week’s success story, Three Days Grace’s “One-X,” the hard-rock record on Jive, dropped 16 spots to No. 21.

Rhymes also saw a dropoff from his 208,000-copy debut last week; he sold 69,000 copies of his seventh album “The Big Bang” (Interscope), after capturing the top spot for the first time in his career.

Only albums in the top 50 to show significant jumps were Rihanna’s “Girl Like Me” (Island), which went from 48,000 to 55,000, and Ne-Yo’s “In My Own Words” (Def Jam). That record saw sales bump from 25,000 to 26,000, bringing the urban crooner achingly close to a platinum record with 995,000 copies sold.

Disney’s “High School Musical” (Disney) continued its strong run, selling 66,000 copies as it slipped two spots to No. 6. Record tied in to the television phenom has registered an astonishing 2.6 million copies sold since it was released earlier this year.

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