NEW YORK — The Dave Matthews Band managed to cling to its spot at the top of the album chart mountain this week, but sales of its latest release plummeted week-to-week by more than 60% as the newest LP from a quintet of geriatric rock legends banged ominously at the back door.
“Everyday” (RCA), the Dave Matthews Band’s sixth studio record, hung on at No. 1 with sales of just over 280,000 in its second week of release, according to data compiled by SoundScan. But the band’s performance was a far cry from that of last week, when it blew the roof off the charts with sales of 730,000.
The decline also marks a switch from the sales trends that marked the band’s earlier years. On prior records, sales would often start out modest, then build through word of mouth by its incessant touring schedule.
Meanwhile, the seemingly indefatigable Aerosmith entered the charts this week with their 16th LP, “Just Push Play” (Columbia), which shifted a respectable 240,000 units and bumped Shaggy’s “Hotshot” (MCA) into third place.
That’s not to say that the dancehall lothario had a bad week: “Hotshot” scanned more than 235,000 copies. Those figures were down just 34,000 from the week before, and they brought the record’s 31-week sales total to more than 4.1 million.
Making a strong debut alongside Aerosmith this week was Philly-born rap diva and Ruff Ryders crew member Eve, whose second LP “Scorpion” (Interscope) bowed at fourth place, with sales of nearly 162,000 records.
Outside of the strong performances from new releases, the top 20 proved fairly languid, with all but two releases logging declines in sales week-to-week.
One of those exceptions was Pacific Northwest alt-pop quartet Lifehouse, whose first album “No Name Face” (DreamWorks) climbed 10 spots to 19th place — its best chart position to date. Group, now based in Los Angeles, has sold nearly 600,000 copies of its debut album in its 18 weeks in the rankings.
The music of professional wrestling hasn’t stood up to scrutiny quite so well: the WWF’s fifth installment of its “WWF: The Music” series (Smack Down!) dropped to No. 21 from the ninth spot after opening strong in second place two weeks ago. Sales of the compilation slipped by 33% to 56,000.
Other debuts to hit the charts this week included R&B group Koffee Brown’s “Mars/Venus” (Arista) at 32, and Sacramento rock foursome Oleander’s “Unwind” (Universal) at 94.