Daughtry tops the albums chart, outsells Michael Jackson

Chris-Daughtry-Leave_lFor the past three weeks in a row, Michael Jackson’s Number Ones has been the biggest-selling album in the country. Each time, it’s been disqualified from Billboard‘s flagship Billboard 200 chart, along with all Jackson’s other releases, due to its age.

That unusual run of asterisked Billboard 200 chart-toppers is now over. Which artist put an end to Jackson’s posthumous flummoxing of the Billboard rules, you ask? The answer is Daughtry, whose Leave This Town bows atop the chart with a very nice 269,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That’s actually a bit of a drop-off from the 304,000 that the first album from American Idol alum Chris Daughtry’s band sold when it hit shelves in 2006, but it’s more than anyone else could muster in this sales frame — yes, even Michael.

And so for the first time in a month, the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 is actually the No. 1 selling album in the U.S., no tricks, no fooling. (Number Ones, meanwhile, sold another 192,000 this week, landing it handily at No. 2 on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart, which counts catalog albums alongside new ones. So don’t think that MJ’s sales have dried up just yet.)

Other Billboard 200 debuts this week came from the Dead Weather’s Horehound at No. 6, demonstrating that at least 51,000 devotees can be counted on to buy any side project Jack White dreams up; R&B singer Joe, who shows up at No. 7 after signing over 49,000 units of his Signature; Twista, who fast-talked his way into 45,000 sales and a No. 8 bow; and Christian power-pop teens pureNRG, who squeak in at No. 20 with 22,000 copies sold.

What do you think about Daughtry’s big week? Any albums you’d have liked to see place higher (or lower)? Have at it in the comments section below!

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  • Barbara

    The new Daughtry album is great. I had preordered it from Amazon and received it last week. Right now it’s the only CD I’ve been playing. There isn’t a song I don’t like. Great, great, great!!

  • Shiny

    Kinda ironic for EW to question old MJ records topping the Billboard charts when EW’s own book charts have been rejiggered to show New Moon as a top seller. And EW doesn’t bother to use asterisk on it’s faux book charts.

  • Lance

    “(Number Ones, meanwhile, sold another 192,000 this week, landing it handily atop the Top Comprehensive Albums chart, which counts catalog albums alongside new ones. So don’t think that MJ’s sales have dried up just yet.)” — If that’s true, then Daughtry will still top the Comprehensive Albums chart, since his album sold more than MJ.

  • tina

    I’m glad that Daughtry is doing well. I’d like to see “Monuments and Melodies” by Incubus selling more. It did well when first released. I think it deserves more attention. Just an opinion.

  • Bjork’sSwanDress

    No offense to Daughtry but I saw them open for Bon Jovi a year or so ago and though they sound good, every song sounds exactly the same.

  • Nubiaeck

    Love Daughtry CD! I got my preordered copies the same day of release.

  • couchgrouch

    heard Daughtry sing a generic love song on Conan. *yawn*

  • hannah

    Bjork’sSwanDress “No offense to Daughtry but I saw them open for Bon Jovi a year or so ago and though they sound good, every song sounds exactly the same.”

    Yea, a lot of the songs sound quite similar, however, the new album has more variety. They are still very much Daughtry songs and I have gotten a few mixed up.

  • Jim

    The new Daughtry is actually very good, almost every song is good. It has nothing on the new Our Lady Peace though, that is the best album to come out in the past 10 years.

  • Me

    I agree with bjork’sswandress…the first time i heard their first song i liked…but then after they released songs after that…everything had the same beat with the same sad old story. I find them rather boring not very entertaining and lacks in the creativity department. Iwont be surprised if sales drop next week…

  • sam

    This CD is great and it just gets better the more I listen to it.

  • mostboringseasonever

    I liked Daughtry when he was on AI, but I thought he was very arrogant. I still think he’s arrogant and every song he does sounds exactly the same and nothing like his voice sounded on AI.

  • joe

    I would be curious to see how many people stole the album from an online site. I would be willing to bet it was over a million people. No wonder why we are in a recession, nobody buys anything when you can just take it for free. How does that create jobs? Anyone? Anyone?

  • Cham

    Yeah……Thriller 25! No song beats “Beat it 2008″ with Fergie.

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