Rascal Flatts earns a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Me and My Gang" (Lyric Street/Hollywood). Sales of the set were down 58% over last week to
Rascal Flatts earns a third week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Me and My Gang" (Lyric Street/Hollywood). Sales of the set were down 58% over last week to 143,000 copies, but it was enough to hold off the 21st volume of the hits compilation "NOW That's What I Call Music" (BMG/Zomba/EMI/UME), which inched up 3-2 (-56%, 130,000).
Disney's soundtrack to "High School Musical" rises 4-3 despite its first drop in sales (-55%, 116,000) since it debuted on the chart 15 weeks ago. However, 16 weeks into 2006, "Musical" is the year's top-selling album with 1.7 million. It's the first time a soundtrack has been the year's best-seller at this stage of the game since "Titanic" had moved 7.4 million in the first four months of 1998.
After a No. 2 debut last week, Toby Keith's "White Trash With Money" (Show Dog) fell off 67% to 109,000 and drops to No. 4. T.I.'s "King" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) holds at No. 5 (-37%, 86,000) and maintains its lead on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums for a fourth week.
Rounding out the top 10, Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits Vol 2: Reflected" (Curb) climbs 7-6 (-49%, 59,000), while James Blunt's "Back to Bedlam" (Custard/Atlantic) jumps three spots to No. 7 (-35%, 54,000). Daniel Powter's self-titled Warner Bros. album is down 47% in its second week on the chart (holding at No. 9, 47,000) and Pink's "I'm Not Dead" (LaFace/Zomba) falls 8-10 (-53%, 42,000).
Fueled by an appearance on "American Idol," Rod Stewart's 2005 J album "Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Vol. IV" re-enters The Billboard 200 and No. 58 after being absent since early last month. Its predecessor, "Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Vol. III," also re-enters at No. 113 for its first appearance since November 2005.
The chart's top debut comes from Dresden Dolls, whose sophomore Roadrunner album "Yes, Virginia," arrives at No. 42 with 19,000. Close behind at No. 46 (18,000) is veteran punk act NOFX's "Wolves in Wolves' Clothing" (Fat Wreck Chords). The album also debuts at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums.
The Drive-By Truckers' "A Blessing and a Curse" (New West) lands at No. 50 with 17,000 copies, easily surpassing the rock act's prior high-water mark on the chart, when "The Dirty South" spent a week at No. 147 in September 2004.
At 9.14 million units, overall CD sales were down 22% from the previous week and 12% compared to the same week a year ago. Sales for 2006 are down less than 1% compared to 2005 at 172.5 million units.