There was a little bit of Nor-Cal vs. So-Cal rivalry on the charts this week, as Green Day and No Doubt, punk-y '90s outfits from opposite halves of the greatest state in the union, dropped their first new projects in a while.
And whaddaya know? Nor-Cal won -- at least by the metric of album sales.
Green Day's ¡Uno!, the first of the Oakland pop-punk band's upcoming trio of albums, sold 139,000 copies, landing it in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200, just behind Babel, the new album from wussy British gents Mumford and Sons. (Babel, by the way, sold a titanic 600,000 copies, making it the biggest album debut of the year. Also, the saddest album debut of the year, because it confirms that people really, truly, inexplicably like Mumford and Sons.)
Meanwhile, the So-Cal entrant in last week's horse race, No Doubt, landed third, with Push and Shove moving 115,000 copies in its first seven days on the market. That's not a bad showing for the Orange County ska-punk pop tarts, especially considering this is their first album since 2001's Rock Steady.
So in this ridiculous territorial pissing contest we just made up, Nor-Cal, as represented by Green Day, won out -- albeit not by a huge number. Still, considering the band's frontman is in rehab for substance abuse, and the group had to cancel a bunch of promotional appearances, we'll take what we can get. (Hey, it's way better than what Kreayshawn, the Bay's last major-label debut, did in her first week.)
Also, we'll seize upon any quantitative data confirming our deeply held belief that
Nor-Cal Green Day is, like, billions of times better than So-Cal No Doubt. So there.