Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Who's Bigger? Pearl Jam Or Tool?

Tool, not so surprisingly. Pearl Jam is a critical fave and a touring draw, but they have avoided commercial superstardom so effectively that their most highly touted album in years can't come close to the first week sales of Tool. Tool moved 564,00 units and Pearl moved 279,000. Pearl Jam is probably just fine with that and touring and future singles should keep them selling steadily for a while. Springsteen's album dropped by 50% despite great reviews and I assume great word of mouth. Jewel also debuts in the top ten, along with "Nashville Star" judge Phil Vassar, who has the highest debut of his career with "Greatest Hits Vol. 1."

1. Tool -- "10,000 Days"
2. Pearl Jam -- "Pearl Jam"
3. Mobb Deep -- "Blood Money"
4. Various -- "High School Musical"
5. Rascal Flatts -- "Me and My Gang"
6. Various -- "Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 21"
7. Godsmack -- "IV"
8. Jewel -- "Goodbye Alice In Wonderland"
9. Bruce Springsteen -- "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"
10. Phil Vassar -- "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1"

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