Staind sold 221,000 copies of their new album, 14 Shades of Grey, according to SoundScan, to give the new metal band its second Number One debut. That's the good news.
The bad news is the number is down from the 716,000 copies that Break the Cycle sold in its first week, a mere two years ago. While Linkin Park's Meteora (which sold a whopping 810,000 copies in its debut week earlier this year) breathed some life into new metal/rap metal, sales figures by the likes of Grey and Marilyn Manson's The Golden Age of Grotesque (which plummeted from Number One to Number Twenty-one on this week's chart with sales of 45,000) suggest that kids are spending their money on something else. Also in that sub-genre, the Deftones managed a strong, but hardly eye-popping, 167,000 tally for their new, self-titled album, which dropped in at Number Two.
Which doesn't mean there was any shortage of newcomers. David Banner put Mississippi rap on the map with his major label debut, Mississippi: The Album, which sold 76,000 copies and broke in at Number Nine. Ricky Martin's Almas del Silencio sold 65,000 copies at Number Twelve. The tally is down from his last two releases, 1999's Ricky Martin and 2000's Sound Loaded, but as his first Spanish-language album in five years, it was a tougher sell in the U.S. Solid figures were also posted by Jo Dee Messina's Greatest Hits (Number Fourteen, 55,000 copies sold), Weird Al Yankovic's Poodle Hat (Number Seventeen, 50,000), DJ Kayslay's Vol. 1: The Streetsweeper (Number Twenty-two, 45,000), Powerman 5000's Transform (Number Twenty-seven, 39,000), Live's Birds of Pray (Number Twenty-eight, 38,900), Lynyrd Skynyrd's Vicious Cycle (Number Thirty, 35,000) and Less Than Jake's Anthem (Number Forty-five, 25,000).
With newer albums sputtering, the week's big mover and shaker was Bon Jovi's Bounce. The album, released last fall, didn't even register in the Top 200 of last week's chart, but this week zipped in at Number Fifty-three, with a sales spike from 2,000 copies to 23,000, possibly prompted by Bon Jovi's recent Command the Band promotion on VH1, in which fans vie for the opportunity to be the band's manager.
But with Memorial Day behind us, the industry needs some flagship records to usher in summer. This time last year, Eminem's The Eminem Show topped the charts with sales of 285,000 . . . in a single day of release. Exactly two years ago, it was Staind on top with their robust Cycle tally. Three years back, it was Eminem (again) with The Marshall Mathers LP at 1.7 million copies.
This week's Top Ten: Staind's 14 Shades of Grey; the Deftones' The Deftones; Kelly Clarkson's Thankful; Evanescence's Fallen; 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'; the Matrix Reloaded soundtrack; Norah Jones' Come Away With Me; the Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack; David Banner's Mississippi: The Album; and Cher's The Very Best of Cher.