Alt-metal band Staind top the album chart this week, with their fifth album, Chapter V, selling 185,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Fred Durst proteges' follow-up to 2003's 14 Shades of Grey edged out the nineteenth installment of blockbuster hits compilation Now That's What I Call Music!, featuring chart-toppers by artists from Gwen Stefani to Eminem, which moved 161,000 to come in at Number Two.
In third place, with 124,000 CDs sold, is last week's Number One, Fireflies, the seventh studio effort and third consecutive chart-topper from country crossover star Faith Hill. At Number Four, down one spot, is Mariah Carey's unstoppable The Emancipation of Mimi (103,000). And Los Angeles hip-hop act Black Eyed Peas' chart regular Monkey Business this week climbed three places to round out the Top Five (74,000).
Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy, whose major-label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, opened strong has now fallen two spots to Number Six in its third week (71,000); while Coldplay's X&Y continues to do steady business in its ninth week out, selling 60,000 CDs to hold onto Number Seven.
The sleeper hit of the summer, Gorillaz's second studio album, Demon Days, climbed back up two spots to Number Eight (57,000), proving Damon Albarn's hip-hop/dub concept band has legs. Also a keeper is American Idol Kelly Clarkson, who held onto Nine this week, with Breakaway selling 57,000 units.
Cleveland rapper Bow Wow's fourth effort, Wanted, hopped back into the Top Ten, up two places to Number Ten (51,000). Experiencing a more dramatic resurgence were Green Day's American Idiot, kicked up the chart nine places to Fourteen (44,000) by the band's current tour, and country guy Keith Urban's Be Here, which jumped nine spots to Eleven (48,000) after nearly eleven months in stores.
Beyond Staind, the other Top Twenty debut this week came from young bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek, whose third effort, Why Should the Fire Die?, landed at Number Seventeen (42,000).
Heading south in a serious way this week was Jay-Z protege Teairra Mari, whose self-titled debut opened strong at Number Five, only to plummet to Thirty-Four in its second week, with an embarrassing 25,000 copies sold. Also feeling the pain is Motley Crue drummer turned reality TV star Tommy Lee, whose third solo effort, Tommyland: The Ride, proved not to be a charmer, debuting at Number Sixty-Two, moving a mind-numbing 16,000 CDs. Similarly, D12 rapper and Eminem sidekick Proof found that his solo debut, Searching for Jerry Garcia, didn't have what it takes: the album sold about 16,000 CDs to clunk onto the chart at Number Sixty-Five.
With no major releases next week, look for the usual suspects to play musical chairs, with divas Mariah Carey and Faith Hill in the lead.
This week's Top Ten: Staind's Chapter V; Now That's What I Call Music! 19; Faith Hill's Fireflies; Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi; Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business; Young Jeezy's Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101; Coldplay's X&Y; Gorillaz's Demon Days; Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway; Bow Wow's Wanted.