Staind makes mark

Rockers' disc unseats Tool in healthy bow

Record buyers reached for the hard stuff once again this week, as metal act Staind unseated fellow hard rockers Tool and came within a hair’s breadth of setting a year-to-date sales record.

Staind’s second album on Elektra, “Break the Cycle,” bowed at No. 1 for the week ended Sunday, selling just over 716,000 copies, according to data compiled by SoundScan. That’s just 16,000 short of the best debut so far in 2001, Dave Matthews Band’s “Everyday” (RCA).

The new No. 1 pushed prog-metal progenitors Tool into second place. Sales of the group’s latest opus, “Lateralus” (Volcano), tumbled 65% in its sophomore week to 198,000, but still beat out “Survivor” (Columbia), from ex-chart toppers Destiny’s Child, which shifted 175,000 units in its third week on the charts.

Suited for fourth

Staccato gangsta rapper Redman made a notable bow at No. 4, selling 148,000 copies of his fifth full-lengther, “Malpractice” (Island/Def Jam).

He was followed by two more strong newcomers: Model-cum-R&B heartthrob Tyrese edged into the last spot on the top 10 with “2000 Watts” (RCA), and electro-industrialists Static-X claimed 11th place with “Machine” (Warner).

Two of last week’s best performers, both seasoned veterans of the album charts, took a beating this time around: R.E.M.’s “Reveal” (Warner) suffered a sales drop of 58%, slipping from sixth to 24th, and Depeche Mode’s “Exciter” dropped 19 places to 27 as sales declined by 60%.

Movie tunes

Several soundtracks claimed some prime chart real estate this week, led by “Moulin Rouge” (Interscope), which moved up two spots to eight with a gain of 6% over sales during the film’s opening week.

Meanwhile, the soundtrack to Disney monolith “Pearl Harbor” (Hollywood) debuted at 31, selling 40,000 units. Mirroring its performance at the box office was “Shrek” (Dreamworks), which rocketed up 66 spots in its second week to land just five places behind the “Pearl” score.

Among the other new releases to chart this week were “One Wild Night — Live 1985-2001” (Island/Def Jam) from ’80s hair-metal vets Bon Jovi at 20; the eponymous Interscope debut of rap crew City High; “Oxygen,” (EMD/Chordant) from Christian pop quartet Avalon, at 37; and ex-Onyx frontman Sticky Fingaz’s “Black Trash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones” (Universal) at 44.