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DMB, Weezer Top Chart

Matthews and Co. notch another Number One with "Stand Up"

May 18, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Dave Matthews Band's sixth studio album, Stand Up, tops the chart this week with a whopping 465,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Though an impressive showing, this doesn't come close to the performance of 2001's Everyday, which sold 733,000 CDs in its first week. In a distant second place is Weezer's long-delayed fifth record, Make Believe, which moved 193,000 copies. This is a modest step up for the power-pop foursome, whose lukewarm last effort, 2002's Maladroit, came in third with about 40,000 fewer units moved.

Pop diva Mariah Carey's comeback album, The Emancipation of Mimi, continues its strong sales, down one spot to Number Three with solid fifth-week figures (173,000). Rounding out the Top Five are 50 Cent's unstoppable The Massacre (Four, 90,000), and Nine Inch Nails' comeback album, With Teeth, which dropped down to Five in its second week (89,000).

Dierks Bentley is the surprise debut this week, with his sophomore effort, Modern Day Drifter, coming in at Number Six (75,000) -- a major lift for the Nashville artist, whose self-titled 2003 debut opened at Twenty-Six, with half the sales. World Wrestling Entertainment star -- and self-proclaimed "Doctor of Thuganomics" -- John Cena's hip-hop debut, You Can't See Me, came in at Number Fifteen (43,000). And Pennsylvania emo outfit and Warped Tour regulars the Starting Line busted into the Top Twenty with their second album, Based on a True Story, landing at Number Eighteen (42,000).

Slowing down this week are Simon Cowell's boy-band proteges Il Divo, whose self-titled debut fell eight places to Number Sixteen (43,000). And Chicago rockers Fall Out Boy's fourth album, From Under the Cork Tree, plummeted twenty spots in its second week from a breakthrough Top Ten debut to Number Twenty-Nine (28,000).

Next week belongs to mammoth rockers System of a Down, as the first half of a double album, Mesmerize, stomps all over the chart.

This week's Top Ten: Dave Matthews Band's Stand Up; Weezer's Make Believe; Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi; 50 Cent's The Massacre; Nine Inch Nails' With Teeth; Dierks Bentley's Modern Day Drifter; Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby; Rob Thomas' ...Something to Be; Mike Jones' Who Is Mike Jones?; Bruce Springsteen's Devils and Dust.

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