|Bon Jovi Thump White Stripes To Score First #1 Debut In Almost 20 Years
Before this week, it had been nearly two decades since an album from the Garden State's Bon Jovi topped the Billboard albums chart. And few might have guessed that drought would end with Lost Highway, the band's 10th studio LP, with the White Stripes releasing their latest, Icky Thump, on the very same Tuesday.
But according to the latest SoundScan figures, Jon and the boys beat the odds, shattering everyone's expectations as Lost Highway clocked sales of more than 291,500, giving Bon Jovi the third #1 debut of their nearly 25-year career. The LP brought in the group's biggest one-week take since Nielsen began tracking sales back in 1991; the band's only other #1 openers were 1988's New Jersey and its 1986 breakthough, Slippery When Wet.
The White Stripes' sixth LP, Icky Thump, is hands-down the twosome's best-charting release to date, bowing at #2 with 223,000 scans, and it's also their best-selling debut, surpassing the success of 2005's Get Behind Me Satan (which opened at #3 with 189,000 sold) and 2003's Elephant (125,900 copies, to debut at #6). However, the group may have to hope that album number seven is the charm for a #1 debut.
Following the Stripes at #3 is the only other album to debut in next week's top 10, country crooner Brad Paisley's 5th Gear, which sold more than 197,000 units its first week in stores. Beyond that, the rest of the top 10 is full of repeat offenders. Falling three places to #4 is Toby Keith's Big Dog Daddy, selling another 73,400 copies, and at #5, slipping two spots, is Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full, which scanned about 64,400 units. Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight spends a second straight week at #6, with 63,100 sold, while Amy Winehouse's Back to Black climbs three spots to #7 on 62,500 copies scanned.
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