U2 sell 840,000 for their sixth No. 1 debut. ''How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'' explodes in a high-volume week

By Mickey O'Connor
Updated December 01, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Bono, The Edge
Credit: U2: Paul Sakuma/AP

The holiday shopping season began with a bang this week as U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb sold 840,000 copies, giving the band its sixth No. 1 debut. (All That You Leave Behind, the band’s last album, debuted at No. 1 in 2000 with just 428,000 sold.)

U2’s strong debut ended Eminem’s two-week stint at the top of the charts. Encore moved 471,000 units this week, dropping to No. 2.

Diva Gwen Stefani’s solo debut, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, entered the charts at No. 7, higher than any No Doubt debut and fueled by the feverish radio play of its first single, ”What You Waiting For?” American Idol diva-in-training Fantasia debuted at No. 8, selling 240,000 copies of Free Yourself.

Two greatest-hits packages from country stars — Shania Twain (No. 3, 384,000) and Toby Keith (No. 5, 331,000) — each jumped two spots this week. Destiny’s Child’s Destiny Fulfilled sold 337,000 copies, but dropped two spots to No. 4. Snoop Dogg fell three spots to No. 9, moving 203,000 units of R &G Rhythm & Gangsta. Lil’ Jon & the East Side Boyz’s Crunk Juice fell seven spots to No. 10 on sales of 196,000 — still an impressive number in such a high-volume week.

And what would a top 10 list be without a NOW That’s What I Call Music! 17 compilation? The latest is up to No. 6 with sales of 319,000.