'New Moon' takes top slot on Billboard 200
Only two new album enter top tier
Just as we surmised this weekend, the soundtrack to “Twilight Saga: New Moon” slides up 2-1 this week on The Billboard 200 new album sales chart, after going through its first full week of sales. Led by all-new tracks from Death Cab For Cutie, the Killers and Thom Yorke, “New Moon” sold 153,000 copies this week, a 33% increase.
It was beat out last week by Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love,” which falls to No. 3 this week on 102,000 sales.
Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” debuts at No. 2 with 137,000, which, according to Billboard, is “the lowest debut sales week for a McGraw studio album since his 1995 set ‘All I Want’ began with 110,000 at No. 4.”
Jay-Z’s “Blueprint 3” slips 3-4 with 43,000 (-22%), Miley Cyrus’ “The Time of Our Lives” sits tight at No. 5 for a second week with 39,000 (-3%), the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” follows suit, sticking to No. 6 with 35,000 (-11%) and Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” does the same at No. 7 with 34,000 (+2%).
With help from its rising single “Fireflies,” Owl City’s album “Ocean Eyes” rockets up 20-8 with 28,000 (+31%). Barbra Streisand’s “Love Is the Answer” descends 4-9 with 28,000 as well (-44%).
Joss Stone’s “Colour Me Free” bows at No. 10 with 27,000. It was a Target and iTunes exclusive set, and is her fourth album to make the chart. Her last, “Introducing Joss Stone,” peaked at No. 2.
Sales for the year at down 14% compared to the same time period last year.
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