'Rock N Roll Jesus' tops music charts
Detroit rapper Kid Rock scored the first No. 1 of his career, selling 172,000 copies of his “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Atlantic) in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.Kid Rock’s previous high was No. 2, which the collection “The History of Rock” reached; that was seven years ago and it posted first-week sales of 457,000. In a release issued by his label, Rock thanked his manager, Punch Andrews, who separated ties with the rapper on Wednesday. Rock is now managed by Vector Management, based in Nashville. Album contains Rock’s current radio hit “So Hott.” Six debuts appeared in the top 15, including the first holiday album of the year and the early round of hits packages. LeAnn Rimes’s “Family” (Curb) sold 74,000 copies to open at No. 4. The greatest hits compilation of fellow country thrush Sara Evans, an RCA Nashville artist, sold 66,000 to debut at No. 8. “Noel” (Reprise), the first Christmas album from Josh Groban, sold 64,000 copies in its opening week to hit No. 10. Mannheim Steamroller was the other holiday music entry, selling 17,000 copies of “Holiday” to open at No. 48. For the first time in her six studio album career, Jennifer Lopez did not debut in the top 10. Her English-language disc “Brave” (Columbia) came in at No. 12 on sales of 53,000. Alter Bridge, the hard rock band that rose from the ashes of Creed, sold 47,000 copies of their second album “Blackbird” (Universal Republic), to open at No. 13. The Eric Clapton compilation “Complete Clapton” (Warner Bros.), issued in tandem with his autobiography, sold 45,000 copies to settle in at No. 14. The Naked Brothers Band, the kid act boosting ratings for Nickelodeon, sold 34,000 copies of their self-titled Columbia debut (No. 23), while Puddle of Mudd’s fourth album overall and first for Geffen, “Famous,” sold 31,000 (No. 27). Band of Horses, the Sub Pop act that has been a buzz band in indie circles for a year and just got on Rolling Stone’s “hot list,” sold 21,000 copies of “Cease to Begin” to debut at No. 35. Vanessa Carlton’s first album in three years, “Heroes & Thieves” (Universal), came in at No. 44, selling 18,000 copies. Last week’s No. 1, Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic,” dropped one slot, selling 133,000 copies in its second week.