ALBUMS are checking in and out of the national Top 10 pop chart faster than guests at an airport hotel. Where typically two to three new releases might break into the Top 10, seven new albums earned Top 10 spots for the second week in a row.
This week’s new CDs were headed by metal rockers Disturbed, whose “Ten Thousand Fists” captured the No. 1 position after selling 239,000 copies in its first week in stores, and veteran pop-rockers Bon Jovi, whose “Have a Nice Day” finished No. 2 with first-week sales of 202,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The other newcomers include an all-star tribute to the late Luther Vandross (No. 4, sales of 104,000) and Barbra Streisand’s reteaming with writer-producer Barry Gibb for “Guilty Pleasures” (No. 5, sales of 101,000). Also new on the chart: albums by rapper David Banner (No. 6, sales of 89,000), rockers Coheed & Cambria (No. 7, sales of 84,000) and rapper T.I.'s “Presents the PSC” (No. 10, sales of 62,000).
And there could be another massive turnover next week in the Top 10, given the release this week of several high-profile albums as record labels try to position themselves for the busy fall retail season. They include CDs by Gretchen Wilson, Lil’ Kim, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Toni Braxton and Sean Paul.