Neil Diamond To Top The Increasingly Relevant Album Chart

Dan Gibson | May 9, 2008 1:30 am

The results of this week’s round of album sales are trickling in, and it looks like Neil Diamond will take the top spot, selling in the neighborhood of 125,000 copies. Diamond’s previous album, 12 Songs, debuted at No. 4, which may be a sign that Matt Sweeney’s acclaimed guitar work on Home Before Dark is responsible for its success. Projections have all non-Neil Diamond albums selling below the six figure benchmark; Clay Aiken slides into second place with less than half of the first-week sales of 2006’s A Thousand Different Ways. What happened, Claymates? You’ve let your red-haired angel down. Madonna and Mariah Carey hang on desperately to the three and four spots, while Gavin DeGraw, Toby Keith, Leona Lewis, Josh Groban, Dierks Bentley, and Michael Buble round out the most depressing top ten in recent memory. [HITS]