Ozzy hits career high with 'Black Rain'
Maroon 5’s second studio album, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” topped the nation’s album sales chart for the week ended Sunday, selling 429,000 copies.Debut is the second this month to set a record for digital sales: The Octone/A&M release sold 102,000 units via the Internet, topping the 84,000 mark set by Linkin Park’s latest, “Minutes to Midnight.” That disc was the only holdover in the top five, dropping one slot on sales of 198,000. Album has been driven by hit single “Makes Me Wonder,” which made the biggest leap to No. 1 in the history of the singles chart, raising from No. 64 thanks to 243,000 downloads sold. Maroon 5 appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show” a week prior to the disc’s release and is performing in small clubs in the U.S. prior to setting up a full tour. Ozzy Osbourne’s “Black Rain” (Epic) sold 152,000 copies and posted the highest chart position of his career, No. 3. Osbourne has had five other discs in the top 10 in the last 21 years — “Down to Earth,” “Ozzmosis,” “No More Tears,” “Tribute” and “The Ultimate Sin.” Disc sales were bolstered by the bundling of tickets to this summer’s Ozzfest with pre-orders of the limited edition of the album. Young Jeezy and his United Streets Dopeboys of America’s “Young Jeezy Presents U.S.D.A.” (Island) sold 95,000 copies to open at No. 4. The Used’s fourth studio effort, “Lies for the Liars” (Reprise), saw sales of 92,000, coming in at No. 5, the highest any of the band’s albums has charted. The soundtrack to Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” swashbuckled its way to No. 14, selling 35,000. Lil Boosie & Webbie’s “Survival of the Fittest” (Trill/Asylum) debuted at No. 17 on sales of 31,000. Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” enjoyed an “American Idol” bump, selling 51,000 copies of her Arista Nashville debut and returning to the top 10 at No. 8. Other debuts included the Bravery’s “The Sun and the Moon” (Island), which sold 22,000 (No. 24); the Beach Boys compilation “Warmth of the Sun” (Capitol/EMI), which moved 14,000 (No. 40); and “Ahora y Siempre” (Univision), the 13th album in four years from Alacranes Musical, which sold 13,000 (No. 47). Band’s previous chart high was No. 126 for “A Paso Firme.”
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