Coldplay and Motley Crue rock U.S. album chart
By Katie Hasty
NEW YORK (Billboard) - British rock band Coldplay ruled the U.S. pop chart for a second week Wednesday, while veteran bad boys Motley Crue debuted at No. 4 with the original lineup's first album in 11 years.
Coldplay's fourth album, "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," sold 249,000 copies in the week ended June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rapper Lil Wayne's former chart-topper "Tha Carter III" held at No. 2 with 209,000 copies, and the Jonas Brothers-led soundtrack to the Disney Channel's hit TV movie "Camp Rock" was steady at No. 3 with 169,000.
Motley Crue's autobiographical "Saints of Los Angeles," the group's ninth release in 27 years, sold 99,000 copies. The core lineup's previous release, "Generation Swine," also opened at No. 4 exactly 11 years ago with 80,500 copies. The band peaked commercially with 1989's "Dr. Feelgood," which hit No. 1 and has shipped more than six million copies to date, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America.
After experiencing a number of release date shifts, Oscar-winning rap duo Three 6 Mafia's "Last 2 Walk" opened at No. 5 with 77,000. Its last album, "Most Known Unknown," opened at No. 3 in 2005 with 125,000 copies. Members Juicy J and DJ Paul won an Academy Award the following year for co-writing the "Hustle & Flow" track "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp."
The multi-artist "Now 28" compilation fell two places to No. 6 with 66,000 copies, while Usher's "Here I Stand" slipped one to No. 7 with 52,000.
Rock act Shinedown's third effort, "The Sound of Madness," started at No. 8 with 50,000, the band's best charting album yet. The group's 2004 debut "Leave a Whisper" peaked at No. 53, and 2005's "Us and Them" at No. 23.
Rock band Disturbed's former chart-topper "Indestructible" fell one to No. 9 with 50,000, while R&B starlet Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" dropped three to No. 10 with 47,000. Continued...