For the first time in his nearly 17-year career, Kid Rock's got a record at the top of the Billboard albums sales chart, as his Rock N Roll Jesus sold more than 172,000 copies during its first week in stores, summarily dethroning Bruce Springsteen's Magic, which drops the Boss' latest to #2, according to the latest SoundScan totals. Rock's previous releases came close, but never hit #1: 2003's Kid Rock bowed at #8 with 188,500 scans, while 2001's Cocky opened at #7 with 222,900 sold. Back in 2000, The History of Rock coasted to a #2 debut, with 456,500 units snatched up.
While it might be hard to believe, given the success he's had in the past, Rock N Roll Jesus is the Kid's first LP to open at #1. Harder to believe, perhaps, is how Jennifer Lopez's latest, Brave, faired on next week's top 200.
Before this week, none of J. Lo's previous releases had ever bowed lower than #10. Her first offering, 1999's On the 6, debuted at #8 with 111,500 scans, while 2001's J. Lo entered at #1, selling 272,000-plus units. Then, 2002's J to tha L-O!: The Remixes followed suit, opening at #1 with sales reported at 156,000, and in that same year, This Is Me... Then debuted at #6, with 314,000 sold. In 2005, Rebirth claimed the chart's #2 spot with 260,900 sold, and Como Ama una Mujer, which was released earlier this year, opened at #10 with 48,000 copies flying off store shelves.
Unfortunately for Lopez, Brave becomes her first studio LP to debut outside the top 10, finishing the week with sales of 52,600 - which lands the offering at #12.
Beyond that, there weren't many newcomers to next week's top 200 - 17 in all, to be exact, with just four making it to the top 10. Following Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good, which finished at #3 with sales of 96,300 and change, is the new one from LeAnn Rimes, Family, which sold 74,200 units to open at #4. Matchbox 20's Exile on Mainstream falls two spots to #5, selling another 71,600 copies, while Kanye West's Graduation climbs one spot to #6 with 71,000 sold. Reba McEntire's Reba Duets goes from #8 to #7, selling 67,500 copies, while the soundtrack to the Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" follows at #9, having sold 65,800 units.
Sara Evans' Greatest Hits debuts on next week's chart at #8, having generated sales of nearly 66,500, and Josh Groban's Noel rounds out the top 10, selling 64,000 copies during its debut week.
Elsewhere on the chart, Alter Bridge's Blackbird debuts at #13 with sales coming in at around 46,900, with Eric Clapton's Complete Clapton following at #14 with 45,000 scans. The Naked Brothers Band's self-titled debut claims the #23 position with 34,300 copies sold, while Puddle of Mudd's Famous sold 31,200 copies, which lands the album at #27. Band of Horses' Cease to Begin claims the #35 slot with 20,600 scans, and Vanessa Carlton returns at #44 after selling 18,200 copies of her new one, Heroes & Thieves.
Meanwhile, Van Zant's My Kind of Country debuts at #57 with 15,400 scans, and coming in at #58, with 15,200 copies sold, is She Wants Revenge's This Is Forever. The late Luciano Pavarotti's Pavarotti Forever generated first-week sales of 5,100 to land at #148, while the score to this summer's blockbuster film "Transformers" opens at #172 with 4,300 sold. Lastly, debuting at #192 with 4,000 scans, is the latest from Swedish indie-pop rocker Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala.
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