Beastie Boys debut at No. 1. ''To the 5 Boroughs'' displaces Velvet Revolver after one week atop the album chart

By Gary Susman
June 23, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
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To the 5 Boroughs

Ch-check it out: The Beastie Boys haven’t released a new album in six years, but ”To the 5 Boroughs” had no trouble conquering the Billboard album chart. It debuted in the top slot on sales of 360,000, according to SoundScan — about half what ”Hello Nasty” scored when it entered the chart at No. 1 in 1998, but still nearly 200,000 ahead of its nearest competitor. That was Usher’s ”Confessions,” holding in second place with 169,000 sold. Last week’s topper, Velvet Revolver’s ”Contraband,” fell to third place in its second week on the charts, with sales dropping 52 percent to 123,000. Gretchen Wilson’s ”Here for the Party” held in fourth place, while Avril Lavigne’s ”Under My Skin” skidded two spots to No. 5.

Sliding one slot each were Prince’s ”Musicology” (No. 6) and Hoobastank’s ”The Reason” (No. 7). Climbing one rung was D12’s ”D12 World” (No. 8). Up four spots to No. 9 was the self-titled album by Los Lonely Boys. Debuting in 10th place was Celine Dion’s ”A New Day: Live in Las Vegas.” Just missing out on top 10 chart debuts were ”American Idol” Season 2 finalist Josh Gracin’s self-titled debut (No. 11), Phish’s swan song ”Undermind” (No. 13), and actress/R&B singer/teen icon Christina Milian’s ”It’s About Time” (No. 14).

To the 5 Boroughs

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