Death Cab For Cutie claims its first No. 1 album as "Narrow Stairs" starts at the top slot on the Billboard 200. The Atlantic set moved 144,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. Death Cab's prior album, 2005's "Plans," debuted at No. 4 with 90,000 and spent 50 weeks on the chart.
The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack continues to reign over The Billboard 200 for a second week ... Disney Channel's "Jump In!" TV movie soundtrack starts at No. 5 on the chart ... Robin Thicke makes a handsome leap, vaulting 35-16 ... Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Akon all stay strong in the top 10 ... Other debuts on The Billboard 200 include a romantic collection from Yo-Yo Ma and the latest edition of the "Crunk Hits" series ... In Progress Reports, we've got news on Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Kooks, Silversun Pickups, Rodney Atkins, Bucky Covington, Gomez and Barenaked Ladies.
The soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" rises to No. 1. It is the first film soundtrack to reach the top (without first debuting there) since 2002. The bad news: It registers the lowest sales total for a No. 1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 ... In other news this week, Carly Simon parlays a dead week for new releases (plus a QVC stop) into a top 20 debut ... As The Billboard 200 continues to adjust in the post-Christmas haze, many titles ascend the tally, including Daughtry, Rascal Flatts and Corinne Bailey Rae ... Other acts that make big moves this week include Damien Rice, Shiny Toy Guns, Queen and Journey ... In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Justin Timberlake, Rob Thomas, Chris Brown, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Brad Paisley, the Wreckers and Modest Mouse.
After sitting behind Jamie Foxx's "Unbreakable" at No. 2 for two weeks in a row, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" returns to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Matriarch/Geffen release debuted at No. 1 the week of Dec. 28 and, despite continuing slow sales overall, reclaims the post by selling 118,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, down less than 1% from the last week.