Press Play, the new album by Diddy and 100 of his closest friends, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. It’s the first chart-topper Diddy’s had since 1997–but at the same time, Press Play scanned 170,000 copies, the lowest-selling debut week for a Diddy album ever. Sometimes, fate is just cruel. Evanescence’s The Open Door held down the No. 2 spot for the second straight week, despite a 31% sales hit; meanwhile, Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds gained in sales this week, selling 99,000 copies and nabbing the No. 4 position.
Biggest Debuts: Chirpy teenage popster JoJo came in at No. 3, selling 108,000 copies of The High Road; we’re sure she’ll be taking her mom out clubbing to celebrate. Country crooner Dierks Bentley bowed at No. 5, selling 82,000 copies, and Ruben Studdard came in at No. 8 with 71,000 sales of The Return. Finally, Aerosmith’s 8,395th greatest-hits collection entered the charts at No. 33 with 23,000 copies sold, making us wonder if there isn’t actually a market for this bridge in Brooklyn that we happen to have for sale.
Biggest Slides: Rod Stewart took a 57% hit, falling to No. 6 with his umpteenth album of covers; The Killers’ No, Really, It’s A Springsteen Album If You Squint came in at No. 10, moving 62,000 units.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: Next week, we’ll be able to celebrate a full 39 weeks–that’s three-quarters of a year, people–of Hinder’s Extreme Behavior existing on the Billboard chart. It’s at No. 7 this week; let’s take this opportunity to ponder the wave of dumb rock bands that will, no doubt, be foisted on the world in an attempt to ride the velvet coattails of their success.
Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years [Billboard]