The soundtrack to Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" makes a grand entrance at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 615,000 units, the year's second-largest sales week. It's also the best debut for a soundtrack since 2002 ... For the first time, Walt Disney Records holds the top two slots on The Billboard 200, as the "Hannah Montana 2" soundtrack rebounds to No. 2 ... In non-Mouse House news, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds team up for another top 10 album, AFI spinoff Blaqk Audio hits the top 20, and new country singer Luke Bryan bows at No. 2 on Top Country Albums ... In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Kenny Chesney's firm grasp at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Foo Fighters' fast climb up the Alternative/Modern Rock chart and a welcome return for the Eagles.
Rap duo UGK (Pimp C and Bun B) storm the top of The Billboard 200 as the act scores its first No. 1 album. The "Underground Kingz" sold 160,000 last week -- the best sales week ever for either the group or its individual members ... New rapper Plies, powered by his smash "Shawty," arrives at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 ... Pop/rock brother trio Jonas Brothers enter at No. 5 with their self-titled sophomore set. It's the first album to be released in the new interactive CDVU+ format ... Other debuts in the top half of The Billboard 200 this week include new albums from Fuel, Kat DeLuna, Drowning Pool, Third Day, Constantine, Throwdown and Slightly Stoopid ... In Progress Reports, we've got updates on will.i.am's new single hitting the charts, Pink's hot streak, Akon's prolific run at radio, Fabolous' new No. 1, George Strait's hot debut on Country Songs and Finger Eleven's slow and steady climb to No. 1 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart.
There's a little something for everyone this week in the top half of The Billboard 200. While T.I. continues to reign atop The Billboard 200 for a second week, the Smashing Pumpkins return with their first studio album in more than seven years at No. 2 ... Meanwhile, newly minted pop princess Miley Cyrus and her alter ego "Hannah Montana" fall one spot to No. 3 ... Former indie act Interpol debuts at No. 4 while still-indie Spoon serves up a No. 10 debut. Pop duo Aly & AJ and the star-studded "Hairspray" soundtrack start in the top 20 ... Punk icon Bad Religion scores its highest-charting album, the reunited Crowded House returns and Against Me! makes a splash ... We've also got updates on a new record set by Fergie, Rihanna's dance club success, Robbie Williams' and Madonna's successful pairing, AFI's new side project and Michael Buble's surprisingly fast-rising single on the Adult Contemporary chart.