Who Charted? Modest Mouse’s “Ship” Floats Into The No. 1 Spot

Mar 28th, 2007 // 13 Comments

sink.jpgA mere 10% of our readers thought that Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank would top the 125,000-copies sold mark last week, and it turns out that the minority was right: Thanks in part, no doubt, to some key American Idol placement, the Johnny Marr-fortified outfit sold 129,000 copies of Ship, a tally high enough to give them the No. 1 slot on this week’s Billboard 200. Coming in at No. 2 was ersatz soulstress Joss Stone, whose Introducing Joss Stone moved 118,000 copies last week.

Biggest Debuts: Last year’s third-place finisher on American Idol, Elliott Yamin, came in at No. 3, selling 90,000 copies of his self-titled debut; this will, however, probably be the only week that he finishes ahead of fellow contestant Chris Daughtry on the chart. (Sorry, Elliott. You should have lobbied to have a track on your album be the Idol play-off music this year.) Marques Houston’s Veteran debuted at No. 5, selling 68,000 copies.

Biggest Slides: Last week’s No. 1, Musiq Soulchild’s Luvanmusiq, took a 64% sales hit and dipped to No. 8; last week’s No. 2, Lloyd’s Street Love, was both behind and ahead of it, with a 62% decline and a drop to No. 7.

Charting The Decline: Album sales this week are up slightly over last week, with a 2.6 gain (8.50 million units last week, 8.76 million this week), but they’re still down 18.2% from this time last year, when album sales totaled 10.66 million units.

Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: The Juggalos will never die: “Several more albums bowed this week in the top 50 on The Billboard 200, including Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic set “The Tempest” at No. 20 (33,000), the group’s eleventh album to enter the chart.” Uh, who wants to lead the Faygo toast?

Modest Mouse Steers Its ‘Ship’ To No. 1 Debut [Billboard]

  1. katie_a_princess

    not to get all nit-picky, but m.m. is not on an indie (epic). “indie-important,” as xtian says, yes.

  2. nh_dave

    In my tiny NH world the new ICP is the third best selling album at the local music shop :( I asked if it was a joke and unfortunately it wasn’t.

    Reading the reviews of the tempest up on amazon are equally scary. Like people actually like them, WTF!

  3. Vince Neilstein

    you know, i have to hand it to ICP. love them or hate them (and i do hate them) you have to respect that kind of fan support. it’s pretty much unheard of in this day an age of evanescent pop songs.

  4. mackro

    And just imagine if Disney had NOT made a fuss about ICP being on Hollywood Records back in the day — hence remaining on Hollywood records where the band would have eventually died quickly.

  5. catdirt

    i want to know how many records modest mouse sold in southern california in that 129K. does sound scan break down that way or do you just get the overall number?

  6. zombywoof

    Hey Mackro, say what you will, but they sold 200,000 copies of Ringmaster on their own in ’94, without the help of radio or any record label. This was only in Detroit as well. It’s unfortunate that so many people rip on Insane Clown Posse whilst being COMPLETELY IGNORANT as to what they have accomplished. The completely changed the business model of how to sell records. They were the first to have vans with wrap-around logos, samplers, instant fan communication. Starting with their fourth release, The Terror Wheel in ’94, ICP set up a hotline that was completely free that they would update at least once a week. WAY before MySpace, WAY before the Internet. It’s funny, all you hipsters rip on ICP, maybe you guys could learn something from them.

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