A trio of new releases top The Billboard 200 this week, with 3 Doors Down´s self-titled Universal Republic effort leading the charge at No. 1. The effort moved 154,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the band´s second chart-topping album.
3 Doors Down´s last effort, "Seventeen Days," also started in the penthouse in 2005. So far, all four of the group´s releases have reached the top 10 and have collectively sold 11.4 million copies.
UGK rapper Bun B´s "II Trill" debuts at No. 2 with 98,000. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set is led by the single "That´s Gangsta" featuring Sean Kingston and comes on the heels of the appropriately titled "Trill," which debuted and peaked at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 in 2005 with an opening sales frame of 118,000.
"Dancing with the Stars" champ-turned-country-singer Julianne Hough´s self-titled Mercury Nashville debut enters at No. 3, moving 67,000. The single "That Song In My Head" rises 32-29 on the Hot Country Songs chart this week.
Reprise´s retrospective Frank Sinatra collection "Nothing But the Best" falls 2-4 with 54,000, a 45% slip in sales. Last week´s No. 1, Death Cab For Cutie´s "Narrow Stairs" (Atlantic), descends to No. 5 with a 63% dip to 53,000. Leona Lewis´ Syco/J set "Spirit" falls a notch 5-6 with 50,000 (-20%).
Selling 45,000, Mariah Carey´s Island Def Jam album "E=MC2" is down 6-7 with a 23% sales hit, while Duffy´s "Rockferry" (Mercury) endures a 38% sales decrease, moving 44,000 and falling 4-8. Madonna´s "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) descends a notch 8-9 with 39,000 (-28%), and Neil Diamond´s "Home Before Dark" (Columbia) slips 7-10 with 36,000 (33%).
Five other efforts bow in the top 50 on the chart this week. Jesse McCartney´s third studio set, "Departure" (Hollywood), starts at No. 14 with 30,000. The new album was preceded by the single "Leavin´," which recently became his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. He also earned a No. 1 this year on the Hot 100 as a co-writer of Leona Lewis´ "Bleeding Love."
Other debuts include Donna Summer´s "Crayons" (Burgundy) at No. 17 with 23,000, the not-so-secret Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs´ "Stop Drop and Roll!!!" (Reprise) at No. 21 with 19,000, the compilation "Disneymania 6: Music Stars Sing Disney ... Their Way" at No. 33 with 16,000 and the John Williams soundtrack to "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (Concord) at No. 39 with 14,000.
Album sales this week are down 3.1% from last week´s sum with 7.2 million units and down 13.3% from the same week last year.
Ryan Martin from Hope Republic ( ex Atlantic bands Frankie Machine & The Flying Tigers ) came to the guitar as a pre-teen only because his mother dissuaded him from his first choice for an instrument, the saxophone.