Chart Roundup: Thom Yorke, Gnarls Barkley, Muse, Pimp C.

July 19, 2006 6:26 PM ET

• Aw, nice job Thom! Radiohead's multi-tasking frontman scored a Number Two debut this week, selling 90,966 copies of his first solo album The Eraser.

You might be getting sick of hearing about Gnarls Barkley's ridiculous selling power but get used to it, 'cause this week the band moved up to Number Five on the charts, selling 55,975 copies of St. Elsewhere, at least one of which was to a Rolling Stone staffer's mom. Obviously, this record is beyond huge.

• Who knew? We would have put the number of American Muse fans at about ... mmmm, four. But this week the band landed at the NumberNine spot in their first week on the charts, selling 48,446 copies of their new record Black Holes and Revelations. Is there some new pro-Brit immigration bill we don't know about?

• Pimp C.'s been busy since he got out of jail, and now he reaps the rewards. His new record, cleverly titled Pimpalation, debuted at Number Three on the charts this week, selling 87,288 copies.

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