System of a Down's Hypnotize, the companion album to their top-selling Mezmerize, took the Number One spot this week, selling 320,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While this is a weaker showing than the previous release -- Mezmerize sold 130,000 more CDs in its first week out in May -- this is potent proof of the Los Angeles metal band's strong fan base.
While last week's Number One, Madonna's club-ready Confessions on a Dance Floor, fell to Number Four (210,000), this week brought a boost for country sensation Kenny Chesney's latest, The Road and the Radio. The former chart-topper climbed back up a spot to second place (303,000) in its third week out, most likely given a lift by Chesney's primetime ABC tour special last week.
The twentieth installment of the ever-popular hits series Now That's What I Call Music! continued to sell strong in the early holiday season, moving another 288,000 CDs to climb two spots to Number Three. And the soundtrack to 50 Cent's biopic, Get Rich or Die Tryin', featuring the superstar rapper and members of his G Unit crew, climbed up one place in its third week out (Number Five, 207,000) for another strong -- if unspectacular for 50 -- sales week.
The four new tracks on Mariah Carey's re-release of her blockbuster The Emancipation of Mimi continues to give the comeback album an added boost: Months after the original version hit stores, Mimi's at Number Six (204,000), down just two spots. But the latest American Idol, Carrie Underwood, shows less chart power, as her debut Some Hearts fell five places in its second week out to Number Seven (187,000). But if Underwood can hang onto the Top Twenty for a while, she still has a shot at matching fellow Idol Kelly Clarkson.
Other big debuts this week include mellow crooner Enya's latest, Amarantine, which sold 178,000 servings of New Age punch to hit Number Eight. While on the hip-hop front, Harlem rapper and Diplomats crew member Juelz Santana's fourth effort, What the Game's Been Missing!, moved 141,000 copies to land at Number Nine -- a slightly weaker showing than 2003's From Me to U, which bowed at Number Eight. And breakout Southern rapper Chamillionaire's major-label debut, The Sound of Revenge, made it to Number Ten, with 130,000 CDs sold.
A less stellar debut came from former Creed singer Scott Stapp, whose solo debut barely cracked the Top Twenty: The Great Divide landed at Number Nineteen, with 94,000 copies sold -- hardly top form for the man who fronted a band that sold 25 million albums. And Try!, the live debut of John Mayer's side project, the blues rock John Mayer Trio, only made it to Number Thirty-Four (50,000) -- a bit of a disappointment for an artist whose last effort, 2003's Heavier Things, peaked at Number One.
For next week, expect Colombian singer Shakira to make the Top Five with the English-language follow-up to Fijacion Oral. And One Way Ticket to Hell . . . and Back, cheeky British rockers the Darkness' follow-up to their multiplatinum 2003 debut Permission to Land, are also set to do some chart damage.
This week's Top Ten: System of a Down's Hypnotize; Kenny Chesney's The Road and the Radio; Now That's What I Call Music! Volume 20; Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor; Music From and Inspired by Get Rich or Die Tryin'; Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi; Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts; Enya's Amarantine; Juelz Santana's What the Game's Been Missing!; Chamillionaire's The Sound of Revenge.