Johnson’s Wax: Music merchants are building little shrines, complete with thatched huts, to Jack Johnson this week. Besides entering at No. 1 with some of the biggest first-week sales witnessed this year, the soft-pop troubadour’s catalog titles make a reappearance this week.
Last year’s live shot “En Concert” re-enters the U.S. album chart at No. 56, bringing its cume to 197,000 units; his 2005 studio set “In Between Dreams” bounces back at No. 138, adding to the set’s 3 million-plus total.
Ugh: That said, the rest of the chart looks pretty grisly. Outside the top 10, you have to peer all the way down to No. 50 to find another debut — Ohio rock unit Hawthorne Heights’ “Skeletons,” which enters with just 7,500 sold.
Only nine non-catalog titles make their bows on the chart this week, and just three of them occupy positions in the top half of the chart.
Big Bounce: On the back of a DVD release for the 3-D b.o. smash “Alice in Wonderland,” the indie-rock companion album “Almost Alice” sees a 224% gain, and returns to the chart at No. 51.
At the Bottom: Grunge godfathers the Melvins, whose latest Ipecac release “The Bride Screamed Murder” enters at No. 200 with 2,800 sold.