Linkin Park’s latest release has made a meteoric rise to the top of the album chart, debuting at the No. 1 spot.
“Meteora” sold more than 810,000 copies during its first week in stores, according to industry figures released Wednesday.
The rap-rock band’s first album, “Hybrid Theory,” was the top seller of 2001 with 4.8 million copies sold.
Debuting in second place was the new Celine Dion album, “One Heart,” which sold nearly 432,000 copies in its first week.
And the No. 3 album also was a new release, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 12,” which sold about 256,000 copies. The latest in the compilation series includes songs from Jennifer Lopez, B2K, Nelly and Justin Timberlake.
Last week’s top disc, rapper 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” fell to fourth place. It’s sold 3.7 million copies since its release nearly two months ago.