Alan Jackson’s second hits collection on Arista Nashville sold more than 328,000 copies in a week that see some adjusting due to missed sales reporting during the East Coast blackout.
Jackson’s “Vol. 2 Greatest Hits” is the first country album to debut at No. 1 since Faith Hill’s “Cry” sold 472,000 in the week ending Oct. 20. Many of the recent No. 1’s have debuted on sales just over 300,000; Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father” was disc to top 400,000 when it debuted the week ending June 5.
Christopher Carraba’s band of revolving members, Dashboard Confessional, made a most impressive showing with “A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar,” which sold 122,000 units, according to SoundScan. The album debuted at No. 2 after a heavy media blitz for the so-called “emo” star; last year’s Dashboard album, “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most,” only made it to No. 108. It is the highest debut for the indie label Vagrant Records.
State Property, rapper Beanie Sigel’s outfit that got its start in the film “State Property,” was the other top 10 debut, selling 69,000 copies of “State Property: Chain Gang Vol. 2” (Def Jam) and landing at No. 6.
Chart-topper of the last four weeks, “Bad Boys II” soundtrack (Bad Boy/Universal), sipped only to No. 3 on sales of nearly 107,000. Making a healthy seven-space leap to No. 10 was the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” soundtrack (Disney), which sold 56,000, a 36% sales increase. “Freddy vs. Jason” (Roadrunner) debuted at No. 25 (32,000 sold) in yet another good week for soundtracks: “Freaky Friday” (Hollywood) moved up 13 places on sales of 36,000 and the “Chicago” soundtrack shot up 15 slots to 99 on sales of 11,000-plus in advance of the Oscar winner’s release on DVD.
Razor & Tie’s children’s act Kidz Bop Kids sold 41,000 copies of “Vol. 4” to reach No. 14 in its first week. Classic rockers saw compilations debut after a few weeks of being in the news. Lynyrd Skynyrd had to cancel its tour due to Gary Rossington’s illness yet sold almost 40,000 copies of “Thyrty: The 30th Anniversary Collection” (Geffen), good for No. 16. The Doors, who announced plans to film a concert of their album “L.A. Woman” in Paris, saw 17,000 copies of “Absolute Best of the Doors” (Elektra) go home with fans.
SoundScan reported that, due to the blackout, Kmart had trouble reporting as much as two days of sales. Those sales will be applied to next week’s SoundScan.