Maroon 5 Breathe Easy At No. 1

May 30th, 2007 // 5 Comments

maroon5.jpgSmooth-rock revivalists Maroon 5 started making returns on Universal’s investment last week, and their new album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 429,000 copies. Included in that total are 102,000 copies of the album sold through digital distribution channels (the album’s still No. 1 on the iTunes Store), a tally that raised the single-week digital sales bar set by Linkin Park’s Minutes To Midnight last week.

Biggest Debuts: Ozzy Osbourne’s Black Rain came in at No. 3, selling 152,000 copies; the Young Jeezy-and-his-pals mixtape Cold Summer entered at No. 4, moving 95,000 copies; the Used’s My Chemical Romance dis record Lies For The Liars sold 92,000 copies and entered the chart at No. 5; and the Keith Richards-free soundtrack to the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean movie came in at No. 14, moving 35,000 units.

Charting The Decline: Total sales were down 3.2% from last week (8.35 million from 8.59 million); that’s a nearly 17% decline from this time last year, when album sales totaled 9.98 million units.

Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: Sure, Linkin Park’s Minutes To Midnight took a 68% sales hit from its debut week on the charts, but that means that, instead of nearly 700,000 people picking up a copy, “only” about 200,000 units were shifted. (And we still don’t know anybody who bought one.) Will Daughtry cease being this section’s perennial? It sold 74,000 copies last week–no doubt aided by the titular baldy’s American Idol appearance on Tuesday night’s pre-finale–and landed at No. 7.

Maroon 5 Nudges Linkin Park From Atop Billboard 200 [Billboard]

  1. Ned Raggett

    So what quintet with a grey-themed cover will be number one next week?

  2. noamjamski

    Does Idolator have access to Soundscan?

    What I think is interesting is that there were a total of 8.35 million albums sound last week but the #1 charting record only sold about 5% of that number?

    What are the other 95% of sales? What catalog sales are picking up that slack? Is Back in Black still the biggest selling record in the country? Where is the disconnect?

  3. Maura Johnston

    @noamjamski: Re question 1: I wish.

    As for your second question: I think the sheer volume of music coming out every other week is helping pick up the slack.

  4. The HZA. [member of the zombie nation]

    The grammar Nazi in me hates the album title of Maroon 5.

  5. Chris Molanphy

    @noamjamski: Short answer: Catalog is a big part of it.

    In fact, it’s a bigger part all the time, because current product isn’t moving the way it used to. But catalog is down, too.

    Even reading Billboard, it’s hard to get a handle on how big catalog sales are, because records older than two years are removed from the big chart. Occasionally, chart columnist Geoff Mayfield will reveal a statistic like, “If the Grease soundtrack were on the big chart this week, it would rank at #15″ (That example in particular leaps to mind because Grease notched some big sales when it hit DVD a few years ago, and again when that ill-fated NBC reality show debuted). But that’s about it.

    I have the same sanitized sources Maura et al. do (I read the magazine and look at Billboard.com). As you suggest, the only way to get a true picture of what an old-and-new sales chart looks like would be with a very expensive SoundScan account.

    All that said, keep an eye on Billboard’s Catalog chart if you’re curious. Long story short, Back in Black sells in the thousands every week.

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