Green Day took the top spot in this week’s Billboard 200 chart, selling 215,000 copies of 21st Century Breakdown, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Bear in mind that Breakdown dropped last Friday, instead of the traditional record-release day of Tuesday, so that figure only covers one weekend’s sales — and many bands would be elated to move 215,000 units over an entire week. Well done, Green Day, you aging punks, you. I’ll be surprised if we don’t see you again near the top of the next chart once your first full sales week rolls to a close.
Cam’Ron’s Crime Pays opened a couple of spots from the top with 43,000 copies sold. That’s a substantial comedown from the numbers he used to put up a few years back, but it was still enough to crack the Top 3. The next-highest new album this week came from Paul Wall, whose Fast Life made it to No. 15 with 22,000; four spots below was Steve Earle, with 18,000 of Townes. And those were the only debuts in the latest Top 20. Any disappointments or pleasant discoveries for you in those numbers?
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