Jack Johnson nabs No. 1 spot
Jack Johnson posted the biggest digital sales week in history on his way to taking the No. 1 spot on the nation’s album sales chart.“Sleep Through the Static” (Brushfire Universal) sold 375,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Of that total, 139,000 were digital sales, besting the former record holder, Kanye West’s “Graduation.” Johnson’s disc was one of six debuts in the top 15. Sheryl Crow’s “Detours” (A&M), her sixth album, sold 92,000 copies in its opening sesh, her lowest first week since her debut album 12 years ago sold 80,000. Lenny Kravitz’s “It Is Time for a Love Revolution” (Virgin) sold 73,000 units to start at No. 4, an improvement on his last album, “Baptism,” which sold 52,000 in its opening week. k.d. lang’s “Watershed” (Nonesuch) opened at No.8, the highest chart position in her career, selling 41,000 copies. Atlantic’s soundtrack to “Step Up 2″ sold 31,000 to open at No. 13 and Kenny G’s debut for Starbucks’ hear Music, “Rhythm & Romance,” posted similar numbers to come in at No. 14. Last week’s No. 1, Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” fells to No. 3 despite a 30% sales boost to 80,000. Next week’s sales figures will benefit from the presence of Valentine’s Day and feel the effect of the Grammy Awards. Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” which sold 25,000 copies last week and rose 30 slots to No. 24, will likely return to the top 10. Herbie Hancock’s “River: The Joni Letters,” the album of the year winner, has been No. 1 on amazon.com for four days this week and should dramatically rise from the 5,000 copies it sold last week to put it sat No. 158. Michael Buble’s “Call Me Irresponsible” was already enjoying some Valentine leadup, rising to No. 30 from No. 69 and more than doubling sales to 22,000 last week. In addition, the 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” has top 15 potential as well. Release of “Across the Universe” on DVD pushed up the deluxe edition of the soundtrack 380% in sales to 18,000. It rose 112 slots to No. 38. The standard edition of the soundtrack returned to the top 200 — No. 98 — on sales of 8,000. On the other side of the pendulum, Mars Volta’s “Bedlam in Goliath” slid to No. 51 from No. 3, selling 16,000 copies in its second week, a 71% fall.
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