It looks like someone can keep up with the Jones.
One week after Norah Jones set the 2007 single-week sales mark with 405,000 copies, she was bounced from the top of the charts by Fall Out Boy, who scored the year's biggest rock debut. While the first-week numbers for the band's Infinity on High weren't as big as Jones'—260,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan—it was enough to knock the pop-jazz diva's Not Too Late down to second place with 236,000 in sales for the week ended Sunday.
This marks the Fall Out Boy's first chart-topper—the band's previous album, 2005's From Under the Cork Tree, opened at nine—and comes as the group's new single, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," continues to make noise on Billboard's Hot 100. The track opened at number two on the Hot 100, the highest debut by a rock act since Aerosmith's meteoric smash "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" in 1998.
Fall Out Boy hits the road this spring on the Honda Civic Tour. The road show, also featuring +44, Paul Wall, the Academy Is…, and Cobra Starship, kicks off Apr. 18 in North Carolina.
Also matriculating to the top of the charts was High School Musical alumna Ashley Tisdale, whose Headstrong moved 64,000 copies to open at number five. The soundtrack to the smash Disney Channel film was last year's bestselling album, and many of the film's stars—such as Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Tisdale—are now releasing solo albums as Mickey gears up for HSM 2.
The week's third and final Top 10 bow belonged to Jason Michael Carroll, who sold nearly 58,000 copies of Waitin' in the Country at number eight. The singer's debut benefits from its radio ballad, "Alyssa Lies," which addresses child abuse.
British dance-rock hipsters Bloc Party just missed the Top 10, checking in at number 12 as Weekend in the City sold 48,000 first-week albums. Country-folk queen Patty Griffin landed at 34 as her latest, Children Running Through, moved 27,000.
Other noteworthy bows included Jordan Pruitt's No Ordinary Girl at 64, the Used's oddities collection Berth at 71, Bayside's Walking Wounded at 75 and the Barenaked Ladies' Barenaked Ladies Are Men at 102.
Next week, look for the traditional Grammy bump, although the Dixie Chicks got an early jump. The night's big winner soared 74 spots to 72 with its politically charged Taking the Long Way in the run-up to the awards. Expect further gains in the week to come.
Here's a recap of the Top 10 albums:
1. Infinity on High, Fall Out Boy
2. Not Too Late, Norah Jones
3. Daughtry, Daughtry
4. Konvicted, Akon
5. Headstrong, Ashley Tisdale
6. Evolution of Robin Thicke, Robin Thicke
7. 2007 Grammy Nominees, various
8. Waitin' in the Country, Jason Michael Carroll
9. Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae
10. FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake