Rascal Flatts Feel Pretty Good At The Top
Rascal Flatts topped this week’s SoundScan chart, with their latest album Still Feels Good selling 547,000 copies; the country-pop outfit’s last album Me & My Gang sold 722,000 copies in its first week a year ago, and this week it actually moved up to No. 38 on the charts, with 18,000 people deciding that they had to own that “Life Is A Highway” cover.
Biggest Debuts: Like last week, the upper echelons of this week’s chart were filled with debut albums. The top four was entirely made up of newcomers to the racks, with Keyshia Cole (No. 2), the Foo Fighters (No. 3), and Jill Scott (No. 4) joining Rascal Flatts at the chart’s summit; seven other albums, including the new offerings from Jagged Edge, Queen Latifah, Melissa Etheridge, and Tony Bennett, bowed in the top 10% of the chart as well. Joni Mitchell’s Starbucks-hawked album didn’t move the first-week units that Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full did, but it still entered the charts at No. 14, selling 40,000 copies. And a little further down, Metalocalypse: Dethklok’s Dethalbum sold 34,000 copies to late-night cartoon aficionados, entering the chart at No. 21.
Notable Jumps: Feist’s The Reminder continued its iPod-assisted ascent, with a 48% sales gain (28,000 sold) and a jump from No. 36 to No. 28.
Dropping Off: Hey, did you know that the will.i.am solo album came out last week? Neither did anyone else: The Black Eyed Peas leader’s Songs About Girls bowed at No. 38, selling a measly 21,000 copies …
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: … which is 11,000 less than last week’s sales total for The Dutchess; the 10% drop pushed the album down to No. 25, but still, it’s been out for more than a year already.
The top 20, with estimated sales totals in parentheses: 1. Rascal Flatts, Still Feels Good (547,000) 2. Keyshia Cole, Just Like You (281,000) 3. Foo Fighters, Echoes Silence Patience & Grace (168,000) 4. Jill Scott, The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3 (148,000) 5. Kanye West, Graduation (133,000) 6. Reba McEntire, Reba Duets (130,000) 7. High School Musical 2 (84,000) 8. Jagged Edge, Baby Makin’ Project (78,000) 9. 50 Cent, Curtis (71,000) 10. Kenny Chesney, Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (68,000) 11. Queen Latifah, Trav’lin Light (51,000) 12. James Blunt, All The Lost Souls (50,000) 13. Melissa Etheridge, Awakening (48,000) 14. Joni Mitchell, Shine (40,000) 15. Chaka Khan, Funk This (39,000) 16. Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett Sings The Ultimate American Songbook Vol. 1 (36,000) 17. Barry Manilow, Greatest Songs Of The ’70s (36,000) 18. Gorilla Zoe, Welcome To The Zoo (35,000) 19. Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (34,000) 20. Nickelback, All The Right Reasons (34,000)