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Downtown/Atlantic’s Gnarls Barkley goes #15-10 on a 43% sales increase, thanks to across-the-board airplay for the single “Crazy,” a spot in MTV’s Big 10 and appearances on the MTV Movie Awards and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
GOTH WITH THE WIND!
Ice Cube, Yung Joc and Cars Soundtrack Crash Chart, While Gnarls Barkley Goes “Crazy” in Top 10
Get out your eyeliner, your white make-up, your black cape... San Francisco’s hard-charging punk-turned-goth group AFI has buried the opposition.

The Interscope rockers hit the #1 spot on this week’s HITS chart with a solid 202k debut for their new album Decemberunderground, marking the end of Open Wide/Monument/ Columbia’s Dixie Chicks’ two-week run, as they fall to #2 with 168k in sales.

Lench Mob OG rapper Ice Cube rides management company The Firm’s marketing/promotion effort to a #3 debut and 150k in sales for his new album, Laugh Now, Cry Later, followed by Bad Boy/Atlantic’s Yung Joc, as the Diddy protégé bows at #4 and 146k with New Joc City.

Warner Bros.Red Hot Chili Peppers remain in the Top 5 with 87k, while Disney’s High School Musical at #6 is one of three albums in the Top 10 for Buena Vista Music Group boss Bob Cavallo, along with the debuting Cars soundtrack at #7 and Lyric Street’s Rascal Flatts at #8.

Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna rides the “S.O.S.” to #9, while Downtown/Atlantic’s Gnarls Barkley goes #15-10 on a 43% sales increase, thanks to across-the-board airplay for the single “Crazy,” a spot in MTV’s Big 10 and appearances on the MTV Movie Awards and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Other Top 50 newcomers include Koch rapper DJ Khaled (#11), Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blue Collar Comedy Tour album (#19) and Side One Dummy’s Vans Warped Tour ’06 compilation (#42).

Decca/Universal’s Andrea Bocelli was the week’s top gainer, moving #50-21 and up a whopping 80%, thanks to a PBS fund-raising airing of a live performance. The week’s other movers include Epic’s The Fray (#39-25, +50%) Universal’s Blue October (#40-30, +24%), Fueled by Ramen/WMG’s Panic! at the Disco (#16, +11%), A&M/Interscope’s Pussycat Dolls (#22, +10%) and ACR/Arista Nashville’s Alan Jackson (#46-40, +10%).

Next week, look for Aftermath/Interscope’s Busta Rhymes album to top the chart with sales in the 200k range, while Jive’s Three Days Grace eyes the Top 10.

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