After a six-year absence, Nine Inch Nails returned to record stores this week with the release of With Teeth and took a big bite out of the Billboard album chart. Not only did Trent Reznor’s latest debut at No. 1, but it also had a better first week than the last NIN CD, 1999’s The Fragile. Teeth sold 272,000 copies, according to SoundScan, compared to 229,000 for Fragile, which also opened on top of the chart.
Also debuting in the top 10 was John Williams’ orchestral score to Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (No. 6), which moved 95,000 units; imagine what it will sell when the movie actually opens next weekend. And emo-punk quartet Fall Out Boy entered the chart at No. 9 with their major-label debut, From Under the Cork Tree, which sold 68,000 discs.
Holding in second place was Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi, which moved another 197,000 copies, a decline of less than one percent from last week. Rob Thomas climbed one rung to No. 3 with …Something to Be, which sold 125,000 CDs. Up two notches to No. 4 was 50 Cent’s The Massacre, selling another 104,000 copies. Last week’s chart champ, Bruce Springsteen’s Devils & Dust, fell four spots to No. 5 and sold another 102,000 copies. Rounding out the top 10 were Gwen Stefani’s Love, Angel, Music, Baby (up three places to No. 7), the self-titled debut of Il Divo (rising one spot to No. 8), and Mike Jones’ Who Is Mike Jones?, which slipped two slots to tenth place.