Dave Matthews Band fans are a loyal sort, and sure enough, 424,000 of them showed up to buy Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s the third-biggest debut we’ve seen so far this year, and it proved more than enough to topple Eminem’s two-week reign atop the Billboard 200 chart. Still, I’m sure this feels like a bittersweet moment for some of those who are mourning the tragic loss of DMB saxophonist LeRoi Moore last year.
Plenty of other new albums made dents in this week’s albums chart. 311’s Uplifter hit No. 3 with 60,000 sold. Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut made it to No. 6 with 49,000, conclusively answering the question of just how big the collected fan bases of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith are. Taking Back Sunday showed up at No. 7 with 48,000 copies sold of New Again. Rancid took No. 11 with 33,000 copies sold of Let the Dominoes Fall — not bad at all, but a shadow of what their one-time pop-punk compatriots Green Day have been selling lately. Elvis Costello landed at No. 13 with 28,000 copies sold of Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. And Hannah Montana co-star Mitchel Musso squeaked into the Top 20 at No. 19 with 20,000 copies sold of his self-titled debut.
What do you think of this week’s chart results? Any surprises or disappointments? Have at it below.
UPDATE: After this post was published, Nielsen SoundScan updated its data to reflect additional data received from a retailer, resulting in slightly different chart positions for a few albums. Chickenfoot’s debut actually sold 52,000, putting it at No. 4 (not No. 6). That meant that Green Day moved down to No. 5 and Miley Cyrus got bumped to No. 6. All other sales totals and chart positions in the Top 20 remain unchanged.
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