New Furtado stumbles on chart

JOHN WILLIAMS

, Last Updated: 5:18 PM ET

Nelly Furtado fans were not in a very giving mood this week, as her latest effort failed to make waves at the top of the Canadian album charts.

"Folklore," her long-awaited follow-up to 2000's runaway effort "Whoa, Nelly," stumbled out of the gate on the Canadian charts, entering in at No. 18 on sales of 10,400 according to Nielsen SoundScan Canada.

Despite debuting lower than "Whoa, Nelly" (No. 11), "Folklore" did manage to sell twice as many albums in its first week. It's too early to tell if "Folklore" will match "Whoa, Nelly's" success, which made Furtado a bona fide star in Canada. It has since sold more than 427,800 copies in Canada alone.

It was the same story south of the border, where Furtado debuted at No. 38 in the U.S.

News was brighter for fellow Canuck Sarah McLachlan, who returned to familiar territory, reclaiming the No. 1 spot with "Afterglow" (26,500). The album has now sold 172,200 copies since its release four weeks ago.

Two MuchMusic compilations made moves in their second week -- "MuchDance 2004" (21,100) moved from No. 6 to No. 2, while "Big Shiny Tunes 8" (18,100) rose four spots to fifth.

Josh Groban's "Closer" (19,000) claimed the third position, while Britney Spears's "In The Zone" (18,200) fell two notches to fourth.

Bruno Pelletier's self-titled (17,200) album jumped 12 spots to land at No. 6, Sheryl Crow's "The Very Best of Sheryl Crow" (15,200) re-entered the top 10 in seventh, and Blink-182's new self-titled effort dropped to No. 8 in its second week of release, after debuting at No. 1 last week.

Rod Stewart's "As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II" (13,800) placed ninth, and "Star Academie" winner Wilfred Le Bouthillier (13,700) rounded out the top 10.

Other notable debuts this week included No Doubt's "Singles Collection" at No. 13, Garou's "Reviens" at No. 20, the compilation "Women & Songs" at No. 27, the soundtrack to the new "Lord of the Rings" film at No. 36, Missy Elliott's "This Is Not A Test" at No. 41, and Puddle of Mudd's "Life On Display" at No. 49.

In the U.S., Jay-Z checked into the No. 1 spot with "The Black Album" (260,100), followed by No Doubt (252,900) in second, Britney Spears (251,300) in third, Hilary Duff's "Metamorphosis" (223,900) in fourth, and the collection "Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 14" (220,300) in fifth.

Here are the 10 best-selling albums in Canada, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

1. SARAH McLACHLAN -- "AFTERGLOW" (26,500)

2. VARIOUS ARTISTS -- "MUCHDANCE 2004" (21,100)

3. JOSH GROBAN -- "CLOSER" (19,000) 18482 58096

4. BRITNEY SPEARS -- "IN THE ZONE" (18,200)

5. VARIOUS ARTISTS -- "BIG SHINY TUNES 8" (18,100)

6. BRUNO PELLETIER -- "BRUNO PELLETIE" (17,200)

7. SHERYL CROW -- "THE VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROW" (15,200)

8. BLINK 182 -- "BLINK 182" (14,000)

9. ROD STEWART -- "THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: VOLUME II" (13,800)

10. LE BOUTHILLIER -- "WILFRED LE BOUTHILLIER" (13,700)


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