May 10, 2006

Rock bands Tool, Pearl Jam top US album charts

By Katie Hasty

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rock acts grabbed the top two slots
on the U.S. album charts Wednesday, with Tool's "10,000 Days"
more than doubling the sales of Pearl Jam's self-titled set.

Metal band Tool sold a career-best 564,000 copies of its
latest release in the week ended May 7, according to Nielsen
SoundScan data. Its previous album, 2001's "Lateralus," also
opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 555,000
units. It has sold more than 2.3 million to date.

"Pearl Jam," the band's first studio effort in four years
and first for J Records, sold 279,000 copies to rank No. 2. The
figure is the best sales week since 1998's "Yield" debuted at
No. 2 with 358,000 units. "Pearl Jam" is the Seattle-based
quintet's 28th entry on The Billboard 200, including seven
previous studio albums and 20 live sets.

The chart's reigning champ, Boston metal band Godsmack's
"IV" slid six places to No. 7 with 84,000 copies in its second

Mobb Deep's G-Unit release "Blood Money" debuted at No. 3
with 106,000 copies. Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, 50
Cent and Mary J. Blige all contributed guest vocals to the
duo's ninth set.

In its 17th week on The Billboard 200, the soundtrack to
Disney's "High School Musical" climbed three places to No. 4
with 94,000 copies. Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" (Lyric
Street/Hollywood) inched up one to No. 5 with 89,000.

The 21st "NOW! That's What I Call Music"
(BMG/Zomba/EMI/UME) installment rose two to No. 6 with sales of

Singer/songwriter Jewel's career continued to dwindle as
her latest release, "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland," entered the
chart at No. 8 with 82,000 copies. The final album under her
Atlantic contract, "Goodbye" comes three years after the poppy
"0304," which debuted at No. 2 with 143,500 copies.

Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger
Sessions" (Columbia) tumbled six places to No. 9 with 75,000

Phil Vassar's Arista Nashville collection "Greatest Hits
Volume 1" rounded out the top tier with 65,000 copies. The No.
10 placing is his healthiest week-one entry, beating his
previous best, 2002's "American Child," which bowed at No. 44.

Other debuts included Thursday's "A City by the Light
Divided" (Island), which opens at No. 20 with 46,000 copies,
their second-best charting position behind 2003's "War All the
Time" (No. 7). Meanwhile, Australian buzz band Wolfmother
entered the tally with its self-titled Interscope/Modular
release at No. 22 (37,000), while the self-titled Big Vin
effort from Rebel Meets Rebel lands at No. 38 (26,000). The
album features songs recorded several years ago by Vinnie Paul
and his late brother, Dimebag Darrell, with David Allen Coe.

At 10.1 million units, overall CD sales were up 6% from the
previous week but down 9% compared to the same week a year ago.
Sales for 2006 were down 2% compared to 2005 at 192.1 million