The Big News: Not playing their new songs live ended up being a good form of promotion for Disturbed as the nü-metal outfit stormed to the top spot as their Indestructible sold 254,000 copies in its debut week. Also indestructible was the NOW series’ 28th volume, selling 185,000 to take second in a debut-heavy week on the charts. Last week’s king Usher and his Here I Stand dropped to three, while Weezer and their red-colored eponymous album bowed at fourth with 127,000 copies sold. Rounding out the top five was Journey and their YouTube-recruited singer with Revelation.
Debuts: Perhaps aided by her strange attempt at viral promotion, Ashanti’s Declaration took the six spot. Jewel’s foray into country music, Perfectly Clear, entered at eight, the not-Radiohead-approved Best Of collection came in at 18 (single disc) and 81 (double disc), Gavin Rossdale’s solo Wanderlust entered at 32 and critical darlings Fleet Foxes debuted at 83 with their self-titled disc.
Last Week’s Heroes: The chart’s upper echelon was completely trampled by all the debuts, as only three of last week’s top ten remained. Like its decrease in ticket sales at movie theatres, the Sex and the City soundtrack dropped from two to seven. 3 Doors Down tumbled from three to nine and the four divas who were chained to the top ten — Leona Lewis, Duffy, Mariah Care and Madonna — occupied 11-14 in that order. Next week looks to belong to Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, as the much-anticipated album sold 4,000 street date violating copies to debut at 167 and will likely hit number one next week with as many as 800,000 copies sold.