Coldplay held onto No. 1 on the nation’s album sales chart despite healthy charges from new discs by the Foo Fighters and Backstreet Boys.
In its second week, Coldplay’s “X&Y” (Capitol) sold 323,000 copies, lifting cume to 1.06 million.
The Foo Fighters set a personal record, selling 310,000 copies of their fifth album, “In Your Honor,” in the band’s best sales week ever and its highest chart position at No. 2. In addition, the RCA rock act extended its streak in which each album has sold more than its predecessor. Band starts a Euro tour June 29 in Moscow and will hit the States in September.
The Backstreet Boys, one of the 1990s’ biggest sellers, saw their first album in five years, “Never Gone” (Jive), land at No. 3 on sales of 291,000. It’s the first time this year three albums have sold more than 250,000 each in a week.
Singer Fat Joe also posted career highs by landing at No. 6 and selling 106,000 copies of “All or Nothing” (Terror Squad/Atlantic). Album was bolstered by rising single “Get It Poppin’,” which features Nelly.
Last week’s major releases saw the expected dips. At No. 5 Black Eyed Peas’ “Monkey Business” (A&M) dipped 47% on sales of 154,000; Shakira’s “Oral Fijacion Vol. 1” (Epic) dropped 51%, selling 77,000 and landing at No. 8; and White Stripes’ “Get Behind Me Satan” (V2) slid 60% to No. 11 on sales of 75,000.
The 17th bestseller in the country, however, did not make the charts because it was available at only one retailer. Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill Acoustic,” a remake of her breakthrough disc re-recorded to celebrate its 10th anniversary, sold 56,000 copies at Starbucks outlets in the U.S. last week.
Due to the exclusivity — Warner Music’s Maverick Records will release the disc wide on July 26 — SoundScan did not include the album on its top 200. Album posted the highest debut of any Starbucks has ever sold.
Other debuts included “Nashville Star” winner Erika Jo’s self-titled Universal South debut, which sold 36,000; Static-X’s “Start a War” (Warners), which sold 35,000 and started at No. 29; As I Lay Dying’s “Shadows Are Security” (Metal Blade), 33,000 (No. 35); and Dwight Yoakam’s first disc for New West Records, “Blame the Vain,” 20,000 (No. 54).
Proof that publicity can generate record sales, Michael Jackson’s “Number One” (Epic) sold 9,000 albums in the week of his acquittal, boosting him to No. 134.
NBC’s broadcast of “Eagles Farewell I Tour” helped drive sales of the Warner Strategic Marketing/ERC II release of the DVD, which sold 115,000 copies.