Mash-ups aren’t just for desktop DJs and copyright-infringing miscreants anymore. Proof that they’ve gone legit comes with the No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart of Collision Course, the MTV-orchestrated collection of mash-ups of Jay-Z and Linkin Park tracks. It sold 368,000 copies according to SoundScan, continued Jay-Z’s unbroken string of No. 1 debuts, and prompted MTV to announce it’ll air five more MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups specials in 2005 that will generate albums from similarly unlikely couplings of artists.
Collision dethroned U2 from its weeklong reign atop the chart, as How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb dropped to second place on sales of 288,000. It also outdistanced three other new releases in the top 10. Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway saw the first American Idol champ enter the chart at No. 3 on sales of 250,000. Onetime Jay-Z rival Nas saw his Street’s Disciple debut in fifth place, selling 232,000 copies. Atlanta rapper T.I. sold 193,000 copies of Urban Legend to finish at No. 7.
Other top 10 discs saw their sales fall by about 50 percent this week. Eminem’s Encore dipped from No. 2 to No. 4 and sold another 248,000 copies. Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits dropped three places to No. 6. NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 17 slipped two slots to No. 8. Destiny’s Child’s Destiny Fulfilled and Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 fell five notches each, landing at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.