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Modest Mouse tops charts

British sensation Stone nabs second spot

Indie rockers Modest Mouse, 19-year-old Brit Joss Stone and Elliott Yamin all saw their just-released albums jump to the top of the Nielsen SoundScan charts this week.

“We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” (Epic), from Modest Mouse, sold 128,000 units, while “Introducing Joss Stone” (Virgin) finished a close second at 118,000. Yamin, a crooner who finished third on “American Idol” last season, watched his self-titled disc (Hickory) register sales of 90,000.

And speaking of “Idol,” Chris Daughtry’s disc held the fourth spot — where it stood last week — with sales of 79,000, which now lifts the record over the 2 million mark, far more than champ Taylor Hicks’ album, which opened well but has since slowed.

Musiq Soulchild, whose “Luvanmusiq” (Atlantic) held the top spot last week, fell to eighth position after moving 53,000; sales were only about one-third of the disc’s first-week efforts. Lloyd, in second place last week, didn’t fall as hard with “Street Love” coming in seventh.

In other debut releases, Marques Houston’s “Veteran” (Universal) came in fourth and Insane Clown Posse’s “Tempest” (Psychopathic) earned a very respectable fifth place slot, both with sales of 68,000.

Others holding on to slots in the top 10 were Akon’s “Konvicted” (UMVD), which dropped from fifth to sixth; Rich Boy’s self-titled album (Interscope), which fell from third to ninth; and Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (Universal), which moved from seventh to 10th.

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