Band nabs top spot with fourth album
Fall Out Boy’s fourth album became its first No. 1 as “Infinity on High” (Island) sold 260,000 copies in its opening stanza.As with its last album, “From Under the Cork Tree,” the band’s success this time has been heavily Internet driven. In the weeks prior to the release of “Infinity,” Fall Out Boy set a record for most consecutive weeks as No. 1 streaming artist on Clear Channel radio station Web sites, performed at AOL Music Sessions and had an exclusive perf launched on Yahoo! Music. The top seller in all of digital, the new album registered 28,000 downloads last week, accounting for 11% of its sales total. (Most acts are still at around 6%). “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” the band’s first single from the album, has sold 101,000 downloads. Fall Out Boy will headline this year’s Honda Civic Tour, which opens April 18 in Charlotte, N.C., and ends in the band’s hometown of Chicago on June 10 and 11. Ashley Tisdale became the first “High School Musical” alum to register a top 10 disc. Her “Headstrong” (Warner Bros.) sold 64,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to land at No. 5. North Carolina-based country singer Jason Michael Carroll, who won the Southern singing competition “Gimme the Mike,” sold 58,000 copies of his Arista Nashville debut “Waitin’ in the Country.” Driven by the single “Alyssa Lies,” the disc debuted at No. 8. London’s Bloc Party opened at No. 12 with sophomore effort “Weekend in the City” (Vice/Atlantic). Disc sold 48,000 copies. Patty Griffin’s sixth album in her 11-year career, “Children Running Through,” registered her best week yet, selling 27,000 to debut at No. 34. Sales period ended on the day of the Grammys, but the lead-up to the kudofest aided a few albums. The “2007 Grammy Nominees” compilation rose three slots to No. 7 on sales of 61,000, jumping 28%. Justin Timberlake, whose image and participation was used extensively to publicize the awards, returned to the top 10. His “FutureSex/LoveSounds” (Jive) sold 48,000 copies, spiking 24%, to land at No. 10. Capitol released an expanded version of Corinne Bailey Rae’s debut on the Tuesday before the awards, pushing her up eight slots to No. 9. Nominated for three trophies, her disc sold 52,000 copies, a 32% bounce. Other artists that were starting to feel a Grammy bounce included Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dixie Chicks and Mary J. Blige. Last week’s No. 1, Norah Jones’ “Not Too Late” (Blue Note), took a 42% dip but still sold 236,000 copies. Next week’s results will be greatly influenced by Grammy telecast performers and winners, plus Valentine’s Day.