Manson’s ‘Grotesque’ on top

Shock-rocker tops 50 Cent in slow week

Marilyn Manson reclaimed his throne as the king of shock-rock with authority this week, taking advantage of a sleepy session on the album charts to vault his first disc of new material in three years straight to the number one spot.

“The Golden Age Of Grotesque” (Interscope) – also the rocker’s first record since the departure of longtime guitarist Twiggy Ramirez – sold just above 118,000 units in its debut frame, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Release, which Manson has said was informed by the decadent cultures of both Hollywood and Weimar-era Germany in the 1930s, posted sales almost identical to 2000’s “Holy Wood.” But because of the crowded slate on that album’s debut week – which included the Beatles “1” and “Now 5” compilations, it managed only a 13th-place showing.

Manson topped longtime chart presence 50 Cent, who nonetheless managed a three-spot gain to second with his blockbuster release “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.” Opting for the former, 50 Cent has sold more than 4.7 million copies of the record to date, including 106,000 in the latest frame.

Florida-based alt-metal act Cold posted a surprisingly strong debut in third with “Year Of The Spider” (Geffen). Disc, which scanned more than 101,000 units, helped give Universal Music Group labels the top three releases of the week.

The soundtrack to Warner Bros. sci-fi blockbuster “The Matrix Reloaded” (also on Warner Bros.) moved up three places to fifth and boosted sales by 3%, following the film’s boffo $92 million opening-weekend performance.

Pop-rock quartet Third Eye Blind grabbed the twelfth spot with their third full-length, entitled “Out Of The Vein” (Elektra), selling just under 63,000 copies. And emocore standard bearers Alkaline Trio hit 20 with “Good Mourning” (Vagrant) with 40,000 units sold.

A number of last week’s strong performers saw their numbers slump in the latest session. The Isley Brothers, who bowed in first place last week with “Body Kiss” (DreamWorks), sank to 10th as sales dipped by 56% to 68,000 units.

Meanwhile, sales Jack Johnson’s disc “On & On” (Universal) fell by 53% to 62,000 as the album slipped from third to 13th. And chart veteran Celine Dion’s latest effort “One Heart” slipped eight places to 15, on a 47% sales decline.

Hard rock will almost certainly rule the roost in next week’s chart. Elektra Records’ rock giants Staind are on track to claim the top spot with their new set, while Maverick’s Deftones won’t be far behind. Along with the “Reloaded” soundtrack, the two discs all but guarantee that Warner Music Group will dominate the top of next week’s rankings.

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