Americans must love Rod Stewart crotch shots–the raggedy crooner’s latest collection of covers, Still the Same … Great American Rock Classics of Our Time, bowed in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this week, moving 184,000 copies. Evanescence’s The Open Door, which claimed the top spot last week, suffered a 63% drop in sales but managed to hang on at No. 2.
Biggest Debuts: G-Unit member Lloyd Banks’ Rotten Apple wormed into the No. 3 spot, selling 143,000 copies, while Jimmy Buffett’s Partying All The Way To The Bank snuck in at No. 4 with 121,000 copies sold–a 108,000-unit decline from the debut week of his last album, which came out only two years ago. And if you were curious how many people in the U.S. were Renaissance Fair devotees, you may want to note that Sting’s lutetastic new album sold 24,000 copies, which was enough for a debut at No. 37.
Biggest Slides: The top three albums from last week all suffered massive sales dips. Sam’s Town by the Killers wasn’t helped by Brandon Flowers’ continued mouthing off, dropping to No. 6 with a 68% sales decline, while George Strait’s album came in at No. 8 after falling off 62%.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: Hinder claims this title for the second straight week, coming in at No. 9 with 76,000 copies sold. We still don’t get it, although given Universal’s recent track record with craptastic rock bands that hit it big with a ballad, we suspect we won’t have to try for much longer.
Rod Rocks Back With Fifth Straight No. 1 Album [Billboard]