A 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]