Marilyn Manson’s latest shocker may be that his new album, ”The Golden Age of Grotesque,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, the first time he’s accomplished that feat in five years. The album sold a modest 118,000 copies, according to SoundScan, but that was still enough to beat his nearest rival, 50 Cent, whose ”Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ rose three spots to No. 2 and sold another 106,000 discs.
”Stupid Girl” rockers Cold saw their ”Year of the Spider” debut in third place, on sales of 101,000. Neck-and-neck for fourth place were Evanescence’s ”Fallen” (up two spots to No. 4) and the soundtrack to ”The Matrix Reloaded” (up three spots to No. 5), both of which sold about 96,000 copies.
Norah Jones’ ”Come Away With Me” slid four slots to No. 6. Up two spots each were Kelly Clarkson’s ”Thankful” (No. 7) and the soundtrack to ”The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (No. 8). ”The Very Best of Cher” fell five places to No. 9. Last week’s No. 1, the Isley Brothers’ ”Body Kiss,” fell nine notches to 10th place. And just missing a top-10 debut were Third Eye Blind, whose ”Out of the Vein,” their first album in four years, entered the chart at No. 12.