Dave Matthews Band replaces Eminem at No. 1 on The Billboard 200

06.10.09 8 years ago

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Dave Matthews Band scores its fifth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart with “Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King.” The set moved 424,000 copies in its first week, the third biggest opening sales frame of the year, behind U2’s “No Line on the Horizon” and Eminem’s “Relapse.”

The four other DMB studio albums to start at the top include 2005’s “Stand Up,” 2002’s “Busted Stuff,” 2001’s “Everyday” and 1998’s “Before These Crowded Streets.”

This record marks the first since founding member Leroi Moore – nicknamed Groogrux King — died last year after an ATV accident; this album was a tribute to him.

Eminem’s “Relapse” falls 1-2 with 141,000 copies, a 33% sales decrease.

311 also returns to the chart for the first time since 2005 with “Uplifter,” selling 60,000 at No. 3. It’s their highest charting album ever, but their lowest starting sales frame since the bands 1995’s self-titled debut.

Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” slips 2-4 with 52,000. The “Hannah Montana: the Movie” soundtrack also slips 3-5.

Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut bows at No. 6, shifting 49,000. While the name may be unfamiliar, the supergroup consists of Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony along with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Joe Satriani.

Taking Back Sunday’s “New Again” debuts at No. 7 with 48,000. The rock band’s last studio set, 2006’s “Louder Now,” peaked at No. 2.

Lady GaGa’s “The Fame” falls 5-8 despite a 3% increase to 47,000 while Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits II” descends 6-9. Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” moves 9-10.

Rancid returns, after disappearing for six years, with “Let the Dominoes Fall” at No. 11, the veteran pop-punk band’s best charting number ever. Elvis Costello’s “Secret, Profane & Sugarcane” debuts at No. 13.

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