July 2, 2008 / 5:36 PM / 9 years ago

Coldplay and Motley Crue rock U.S. album chart

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.

<p>Members of the British band Coldplay pose at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 1, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>

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.

Other debuts included Icelandic rock band’s Sigur Ros’ “Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Splium Endalaust” at No. 15, rock quartet Cute Is What We Aim For’s “Rotation” at No. 21, eclectic singer/songwriter Amos Lee’s “Last Days at the Lodge” at No. 29, and R&B singer Dwele’s “...Sketches of a Man” at No. 35.

Album sales were down 7.7% from last week’s sum at 7.6 million units, and down 13.2% compared to the same week last year.


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