What more can be said about Pretty Ricky, the lascivious Miami quartet who took the top spot on the chart this week? Their latest album, Late Night Special, sold 132,000 copies last week, and that probably still won’t be enough to make them wear shirts under their marching-band jackets. (Guys, it’s winter! You’ll catch your death!)
Biggest Debuts: The Shins’ Wincing The Night Away wound up selling 118,000 copies and notching a No. 2 debut–the highest ever for its label, Sub Pop. (The previous record for the label had been set by The Afghan Whigs’ Black Love, which entered the chart at No. 79.) A hefty 30% of the Shins’ sales came from digital retailers. We’re suspecting that wasn’t the case for the No. 4 album, 2007 Grammy Nominees, a ragtag collection of 2006 songs (“Bad Day,” “You’re Beautiful”) that are up for awards at next Sunday night’s big ceremony. Finally, John Mellencamp managed to enter the chart at No. 5, despite the world being against him.
Biggest Slides: It was a bad week to be a movie-associated album: Fresh off its Best Picture shutout, the Dreamgirls soundtrack suffered a 14.6% sales decline and a dip to No. 6, while the soundtrack for the Disney Channel boxing/jump-rope flick Jump In! slid 23%, landing at No. 9.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: America will never run out of people who want, but don’t own, Daughtry: The Nickelbackian American Idol castoff dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 on the chart, but his album’s overall sales increased by 23%.
Pretty Ricky’s ‘Special’ Delivery Tops Chart [Billboard.biz]