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Evanescence Notch No. 1 on Billboard Top 200

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Evanescence have cruised into familiar territory on the Billboard Top 200 this week, landing in the coveted No. 1 slot with their self-titled third album, shifting 127,000 copies its first week in stores.

The Amy-Lee fronted band’s last album, ‘The Open Door,’ also landed at No. 1 in 2006, but with nearly 500,000 copies sold. It’s a sign of the times in the digital music vs. physical CD age, so it’s not a shock to see that big of a drop in actual units sold. It’s still a healthy number and not an indicator of fan attrition! Congrats to the band for pushing pop-rock back into the top slot. The band’s new album is a marvel of ethereal and symphonic rock, topped by Lee’s angelic, soaring, rock opera vocals!

Some other PopCrush faves also had impressive chat stats this week.

Lauren Alaina‘s debut ‘Wildlflower’ landed at N0. 5, selling a hair under 70,000 copies its first week in stores. Her friend (and ‘American Idol‘ nemesis) Scotty McCreery followed last week’s No. 1 bow by placing No. 2, selling another 88,000 copies of ‘Clear as Day.’ He sold nearly 200,000 copies his first week, which earned him the No. 1 spot.

While Alaina didn’t sell nearly as well as McCreery and her debut week tally came in well south of his first week scores, it’s still an impressive sales clip for a debut album by an artist who was unknown before last January! Congrats, Lauren!

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