It’s been a big month for Audioslave: first, a history-making concert in Havana, Cuba, and now, the band’s first No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart. Marking the sixth straight week that a new rock release has topped the chart, Audioslave’s Out of Exile sold 263,000 copies out of the box.
There were three other new releases in this week’s top 10. Debuting in second place, also with a career-best sales week, was rapper Common, whose Be moved 185,000 units. Cartoon hip-hoppers Gorillaz entered the chart in sixth place with Demon Days, which sold 107,000 discs. South African band Seether’s Karma and Effect debuted at No. 8 on sales of 82,000.
Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi remained fixed in third place with sales of 179,000. Last week’s champ, System of a Down’s Mezmerize, slipped three slots to fourth place and sold 169,000 copies, down 63 percent from its debut a week ago. Also down three was Toby Keith’s Honkytonk University, selling 128,000 at No. 5.
Dave Matthews Band’s Stand Up fell down three rungs to No. 7. Simon Cowell’s Il Divo saw their self-titled album vault 12 spots back into the top 10, landing at No. 9. Gwen Stefani’s Love, Angel, Music, Baby, slid two slots to No. 10.