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Colbie Caillat bows at No. 1 on The Billboard 200

Who the heck are Skillet and why are they at No. 2?

<p>Colbie Caillat</p>

Colbie Caillat

 

In a revelation that surprises nobody, Colbie Caillat's "Breathrough" starts at the top of The Billboard 200 new album sales chart, with 106,000 copies. It's with the previous success of her last album's single "Bubbly," the current single "Fallin' for You" and her collaboration with soft rock star Jason Mraz on "Lucky" that helped this effort top the No. 5 peak of 2007's "Coco."

Christian rock act Skillet has a shocking start at No. 2 (68,000) with "Awake," the group's first album since 2006's "Comatose." That effort has gone on to sell in excess of 450,000 units. The single "Monster" has crossed over into mainstream rock radio playlists, in addition to the loyalties at Christian radio.

Another day, another Miley Cyrus record. Her Wal-mart exclusive EP "The Time of Our Lives" debuts at No. 3 with 62,000. And that's after only three full days of sales, as it was released off-schedule.

Kings Of Leon see a 15% increase in their sales of "Only By The Night," holding tight to No. 4 with 52,000.

Imogen Heap's "Ellipse" enters the chart at No. 5 with 48,000, her best sales and charting week ever. Her 2005 set "Speak For Yourself" only ever peaked at No. 145.

Last week's chart-topper, Reba McEntire's "Keep On Loving You," descends to No. 6 with 42,000 (-56%). George Strait's "Twang" follows suit, falling 2-7 (41,000, -33%). Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." moves 5-8 (36,000, -16%), Taylor Swift's "Fearless" slips 8-9 (34,000, flat sales) and "Now! That's What I Call Country Vol. 2" hits compilation bows at No. 10 with 33,000.

Sales are down 19% compared to the same week last year and sales overall for the year are down 15% to the same point last year.

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After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.
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