June 28, 2006

Furtado scores first chart-topping album

By Katie Hasty

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Bowing at No. 1 on the Billboard
200, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" is the sole album to sell more
than 100,000 copies this week in the United States, according
to Nielsen Soundscan.

The Mosley Music/Geffen set shifted 219,000 units, earning
Furtado her best single-week sales and her first No. 1 on the
big chart.

The album's first single, "Promiscuous" featuring
Timbaland, has been inescapable on radio and has peaked at No.
2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Furtado's 2000 debut, "Whoa,
Nelly!," peaked at No. 24, while her 2003 sophomore set,
"Folklore," topped out at No. 38.

Underoath's third full-length effort, "Define the Great
Line," debuts at No. 2. Without the benefit of radio airplay,
the Tooth & Nail album sold 98,000 copies in its first week.
"Define the Great Line" is the highest-charting Christian album
on the Billboard 200 since LeAnn Rimes' "You Light Up My Life
-- Inspirational Songs" sat at No. 1 for three nonconsecutive
weeks in 1997.

The Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" (Columbia) slips
from No. 2 to No. 3 with 87,000 units, a 33 percent drop in
sales from the previous week. Keane's second Interscope album,
"Under the Iron Sea," moved 75,000 copies in its first week to
open at No. 4. This far surpasses the U.K. rock trio's 2004
debut, "Hopes and Fears," which opened at No. 173 and
eventually reached No. 45.


After entering the chart at No. 1 last week, Busta Rhymes'
Aftermath release "The Big Bang" tapers off to No. 5 with a 67
percent sales decline at 69,000. After 24 weeks on the
Billboard 200, the soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical"
falls from No. 4 to No. 6 with 66,000 (a 17 percent drop).

Field Mob scores its first top 10 entry with "Light Poles
and Pine Trees" after partnering with Ludacris and his
Disturbing Tha Peace label. The group has earned better chart
positions with each subsequent release: 2001's "613: Ashy To
Classy" opened at No. 195, while 2002's "From Tha Roota To Da
Toota" debuted at No. 33.

Gnarls Barkley's "St. Elsewhere" finally cracks the top 10
tier in its seventh week on the chart, ascending from 11 to 8
with 58,000, despite a 9 percent drop in sales. AFI's Tiny
Evil/Interscope release "Decemberunderground" continues
downward, moving from 3 to 9 with 57,000 (-45 percent). The
soundtrack to Disney's Pixar-animated film "Cars" slows down
from No. 6 to No. 10 with a 25 percent sales hit at 59,000.

R&B singer Donell Jones' "Journey of a Gemini" bows at No.
1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, a first for him, and
enters at No. 15 on the Billboard 200. The LaFace set moved
49,000 copies. Other big debuts include Corinne Bailey Rae's
self-titled debut on Capitol (No. 17, 40,000), Guster's Reprise
set "Ganging Up on the Sun" (No. 33, 30,000), Madonna's "I'm
Going to Tell You a Secret" (No. 33, 25,000) and the Motown
soundtrack to "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (No. 40,

At 9.3 million units, overall CD sales were down 10 percent
from the previous week and down 8 percent compared with the
same week a year ago. Sales for 2006 are down 4 percent
compared with 2005 at 261 million units.