Disturbed scores third straight No. 1 album

Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:59pm EDT
 
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By Katie Hasty

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Hard-rock band Disturbed claims its third Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Indestructible," which bowed atop the album chart Wednesday.

Moving 252,000 units in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Warner Bros. set follows in the footsteps of the group's 2002 album "Believe" (284,000) and 2005's "Ten Thousand Fists" (239,000).

Only six other rock bands have earned three straight No. 1 debuts with studio albums: Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, Staind and System of a Down.

The 28th edition of the "Now That's What I Call Music..." series starts at No. 2 on the chart with 185,000. All 28 of the multi-label compilations have reached the top 10 on the chart, as have many of its spinoffs, including "Now That's What I Call Christmas." "Now That's What I Call Classic Rock," which also debuted during the week, bows at No. 20 with 23,000.

After topping the chart the previous week, R&B star Usher's "Here I Stand" slips to No. 3 with 145,000, a 67 percent decrease in sales.

Rock band Weezer's third self-titled set starts at No. 3 with 126,000. Weezer's last album, 2005's "Make Believe," arrived at a career-high No. 2.

The Wal-Mart exclusive "Revelation," from veteran rockers Journey, opens at No. 5 with 105,000 copies. It's the band's best sales week since "Trial By Fire" debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 145,000 in 1996. That was the band's last album with lead singer Steve Perry; new frontman Arnel Pineda was discovered by Journey via YouTube.

Singer-songwriter Ashanti lands at No. 6 with "The Declaration," shifting 86,000. The soundtrack to "Sex in the City" tumbles from No. 2 to No. 7 with 60,000 (a 9 percent drop). Singer-songwriter Jewel's first country set, "Perfectly Clear," moves 48,000 copies to debut at No. 8.

Southern rock group 3 Doors Down's self-titled set slips from third position to No. 9 with 45,000 (sliding 29 percent). At No. 10, singer Chris Brown's "Exclusive" enjoys a whopping 261 percent increase to 36,000, thanks to a reissue of the album with additional songs.

Reuters/Billboard

 
<p>David Draiman, the lead singer in the Heavy Metal rock group Disturbed, performs at Ozzfest 2003 in Devore, California, late July 5, 2003. Hard-rock band Disturbed claims its third Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Indestructible," which bowed atop the album chart Wednesday. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen</p>