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"Green Day debuting at #1 is an affirmation of the wide appeal this band still has."
——Jay Frank, Launch Head of Label Relations

GREEN DAY’S IDIOT WIN

Reprise Rockers Lead Three Debuts in Top 10, Including Keith Urban and Chevelle
Holy dookie! Green Day’s back on top of the charts.

The band’s new Reprise album, American Idiot, a punk opera no less, climbs to #1 this week on the HITS Top 50, with more than 270k in sales. Their last studio album, Warning, entered at #2 back in Oct. 2000, with 170k in first-week sales.

Said Launch Head of Label Relations Jay Frank, after denying his informal Internet findings show Ralph Nader leading the presidential race, commented: "Green Day debuting at #1 is an affirmation of the wide appeal this band still has. Launch’s ‘Artist of the Month’ promotion with the band has been viewed by everyone from pre-teens to their parents and beyond and has made it one of our most successful promotions this year."

Capitol Nashville country hunk Keith Urban (#3) and Epic rockers Chevelle (#6) are the other Top 10 newcomers.

The rest of the Top 10 includes Fo’ Reel/Universal holdover Nelly (with Suit at #2, Sweat at #4), Curb’s Tim McGraw (#5), Concord’s Ray Charles (#7), UTV’s Now Vol. 16 (#8), Geffen’s Ashlee Simpson (#9) and Octone/J/RMG’s Maroon 5 (#10).

Other chart bows are registered by Century Media metallers Shadows Fall (#16), Geffen’s John Fogerty (#22), Geffen’s Shark Tale soundtrack (#40) and Lost Highway/IDJ’s Elvis Costello (#46).

Cash Money/Universal’s Lil’ Wayne leads the week-to-week gainers with an 8% rise (#46-43), followed by Geffen’s Guns N’ Roses (#28), Capitol’s Yellowcard (#29) and Columbia/CRG’s Switchfoot (#33), all up 6%. Island/IDJ’s The Killers (#26) rises 5%, while RCA/RMG’s Velvet Revolver (#27) and J Records/RMG’s Alicia Keys (#32) are both up 2%.

Next week, a slew of new releases will be headed up by Lyric Street’s country-rockers Rascal Flatts and Hollywood’s teenpop idol Hilary Duff, with Reprise’s The Used, Rawkus rapper Talib Kweli, Matador’s indie darlings Interpol, Nonesuch’s Brian Wilson SmiLE album and S-Curve’s Joss Stone, all looking to debut in the Top 50.

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