|Here are the album sales in the USA this week:
-- 1 VELVET REVOLVER "CONTRABAND" RCA/RMG 256,673 --
1 2 USHER "CONFESSIONS" LAFACE/ZLG 176,314 -13%
2 3 AVRIL LAVIGNE "UNDER MY SKIN" ARISTA/RMG 118,397 -30%
3 4 GRETCHEN WILSON "HERE FOR THE PARTY" EPIC/SONY NASHVILLE 91,475 -16%
5 5 HOOBASTANK "THE REASON" ISLAND/IDJ 69,132 -15%
14 14 GUNS N'ROSES "GREATEST HITS" GEFFEN 40,654 -9%
Velvet Revolver smuggles its debut album "Contraband" right into the top slot on The Billboard 200. In its first week, the rock supergroup's RCA set sold 256,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The group is a consortium of ex-Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. Last week, first single "Slither" reached the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The band is in the midst of its first North American tour.
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Velvet Revolver Blast Usher Off #1 Perch
Usher has been rocked at retail.
Selling more than 256,000 copies of Contraband in its first week out, Velvet Revolver will take Mr. Entertainment down a peg on next week's Billboard albums chart. The hit single "Slither," a ready-made fanbase and a boatload of press combined to give the band — which includes former members of Guns N' Roses and ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland — a #1 placement for its debut album.
Proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, Contraband beat the combined first-week sales of the latest releases by both GN'R and STP (both were greatest-hits collections) by more than 41,000 copies.
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