Tool rules music biz

'Days' posts best rock sales in 11 months

Tool had the biggest sales week for a rock act in 11 months, selling 564,000 copies of “10,000 Days” in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Coldplay’s “X&Y” sold 737,000 when it debuted during the sales week of June 5-12. No other rock album has topped 600,000 in a week since.

For the Volcano/Zomba Label Group rockers, sales week was their career best, topping by 11,000 the sales of “Lateralus” in 2001. That disc also opened at No. 1.

Tool opened a 46-date tour of the U.S., Europe and Japan on April 30 with a headlining gig at the Coachella festival.

For the second week in a row, harder-edged rock bands took the top two positions as Pearl Jam landed their first disc for J Records at No. 2 on sales of 279,000. PJ, however, was able to claim the top slot in digital sales, selling 23,000 copies via downloads.

Seattle act’s first album in four years and eighth overall posted the band’s best opening week since “Yield” in 1998. All eight of their studio discs have made it into the top five, though “Pearl Jam” marks the first time since “Vs.” that a Pearl Jam record has outsold its predecessor. Band began the first leg of a North American tour Tuesday in Toronto. Pearl Jam is on the road through June 3 and then June 23-July 23.

At No. 3, Mobb Deep checked in with 106,000 copies of “Blood Money” (G-Unit/Interscope) sold. New York duo’s seventh album, which includes appearances by 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and others, was leaked on the Internet in mid-April.

Jewel, the folkie who revived her career three years ago with a pop-oriented effort, saw her “Goodbye Alice in Wonderland” (Atlantic) debut at No. 8 on sales of 82,000. Jewel participated in Wal-Mart’s Soundcheck program and a Sprint truetone and ringtone promotion, and she also promoted the single “Again and Again” via Myspace.com. She will perform Sunday on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Phil Vassar’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” (Arista Nashville) landed at No. 10 on sales of 65,000.

The other three debuts in the top 50 were rock acts. Thursday sold 46,000 copies of “City by the Light” (Island) to open at No. 20; Oz band Wolfmother’s self-titled Interscope disc moved 37,000 units (No. 22); and the metal-country project from David Allan Coe and the late Dimebag Darrell, Rebel Meets Rebel (Big Vin) sold 26,000 to start at No. 38.

Two of last week’s top three posted respectable numbers in their sophomore sessions. Last week’s topper, “Godsmack IV” (Universal), dipped 60%, selling 84,000 to land at No. 7. Bruce Springsteen’s “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” (Columbia) dropped 50%, selling 75,000 copies to occupy No. 9. Taking Back Sunday’s “Louder Now,” last week’s No. 2, dropped to No. 16, selling 51,000 — a 68% slide.

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