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Linkin Park Dominate Billboard Charts, Set New Record for 2007

May 23, 2007 2:47 PM ET

As expected, Linkin Park dominated the Billboard charts, selling 623,000 copies of their new album Minutes to Midnight, which easily became the best-selling debut of 2007. Last week's champ Michael Buble fell to #3, where he just edged Wilco's new, Rob Sheffield-approved album Sky Blue Sky. Talking to RS this morning about Linkin Park's mammoth debut, Mike Shinoda said "Honestly, I've been staying extra-focused on this summer's Projekt Revolution Tour so I wouldn't think about the first week sales number! Whenever we create something new, there's always suspense before its release--at this point all I can say is a huge, humble 'thank-you.'" Despite the big week though, this week's total album sales were seven percent less than that of the same week last year.

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