Disturbed dethrones Perry on album chart

Los Angeles: Alt-metal rock band Disturbed claimed its fourth No. 1 album on the US pop chart Wednesday despite a hefty drop in first-week sales.

‘Asylum,’ the band`s fifth studio release, sold 179,000 copies during the week ended September 5, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. Only two other rock bands have topped the Billboard 200 chart with four consecutive studio sets: Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

Disturbed`s previous album, ‘Indestructible,’ started off with 253,000 copies in 2008. The Chicago group also debuted at No. 1 with 2005`s ‘Ten Thousand Fists’ (239,000) and 2002`s ‘Believe’ (284,000). Its 2000 debut, ‘The Sickness,’ peaked at No. 29.

Last week`s No. 1, Katy Perry`s ‘Teenage Dream,’ slid to No. 4 with 88,000 in its second round.

But another female singer/songwriter could claim the crown next week: Sara Bareilles` second album, ‘Kaleidoscope Heart,’ is expected to sell 90,000 to 100,000 copies by week`s end on September 12, enough to replace Disturbed if its album suffers a similar 60 percent second-week drop as its previous one. Bareilles` first set, ‘Little Voice,’ peaked at No. 7 in 2008.

Four other albums debuted in the top 10, with the ‘Now 35’ hits compilation coming in at No. 2 with 105,000 copies.

R&B singer Lyfe Jennings` ‘I Still Believe’ entered at No. 6 with 36,000 copies; his last effort, 2008`s ‘Lyfe Change,’ debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 80,000.

The Goo Goo Dolls` first studio album in four years, ‘Something For the Rest Of Us,’ launched at No. 7 with 34,000. The rock trio`s 2006 set ‘Let Love In’ opened and peaked at No. 9 with 83,000.

Veteran rock band Heart snagged its first top-10 set in 20 years as ‘Red Velvet Car’ drove in at No. 10 with 27,000. It`s the first studio effort for sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson since 2004`s ‘Jupiter`s Darling’ reached No. 94. In 1990, the band`s ‘Brigade’ peaked at No. 3.

Elsewhere, Eminem`s ‘Recovery’ held at No. 3 with 93,000, and Fantasia`s ‘Back To Me’ dropped three slots to No. 5 in its second week with 40,000.

Justin Bieber`s ‘My World 2.0’ slipped one to No. 8 with 31,000, while the ‘Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam’ soundtrack soared 13 places to No. 9 with 28,000 in the wake of the movie`s premiere on Disney Channel last week.

Overall album sales totalled 5.22 million units, up 2% compared to the previous week, but down 17% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year to date sales stand at 200.6 million, down 12% compared to the same total at this point last year.

Bureau Report