It’s a notable week on the charts, thanks to the combination of Christian rockers, a dead rapper, and the greatest band of all time in all history of mankind and earth.
Biggest Debuts: Where to begin? Half of the top-ten entries are debuts, with Notorious B.I.G.’s Greatest Hits in the peak position, scanning 99,000 copies, according to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan. He’s followed by Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible (No. 2, with 92,000 copies); Gary Allan’s Greatest Hits (No. 5, with 70,000 copies); Relient K’s Five Score and Seven Years Ago (No. 6, with 64,000 copies); and Korn’s MTV Unplugged (No. 9, with 51,000 copies).
Biggest Slides: We were betting on Daughtry for this, but in a crowded week, he only slipped 9%, selling 82,000 copies. Damn you, Daughtry! We’ll have to save our punchlines for next week, when Robin Thicke starts creeping on you even more.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: We’re going to go with Korn. We realize that nu-metal was a blockbusting genre that retains large pockets of fans around the country, but we just can’t believe anyone takes that dude seriously anymore, especially now that he’s looking more and more like Snidely Whiplash.