Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a third nonconsecutive week with 92,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . MGMT's second album, "Congratulations," is the tally's highest debut, arriving at No. 2 with 66,000 sold . . . Lady Antebellum makes the most of its five wins on Sunday night's (April 18) Academy of Country Music Awards as its "Need You Now" climbs to No. 3 . . . Coheed and Cambria's "Year of the Black Rainbow" opens at No. 5 with 51,000 in its debut frame.


FLASH POINTS

• Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" holds at No. 1 for a third nonconsecutive week on the Billboard 200, selling 92,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 10%). It's the smallest sum we've seen for the top-selling album of the week since last May, when Chrisette Michele's "Epiphany" launched at No. 1 with 83,000.

• Debuting at No. 2 this week is MGMT's sophomore album, "Congratulations," with 66,000. It's an appropriate title since this is the best sales week ever for the alternative act. Its first set, 2007's "Oracular Spectacular," never sold more than 17,000 in a week and topped out at No. 38 on the chart. So far, that effort has sold 606,000.

• "Oracular" has been a consistent seller since January 2008 and has continued to perform well into 2010, selling at least 2,000 copies per week. The album's long shelf life has been no doubt helped by its hit singles "Kids" and "Time to Pretend." They reached No. 9 and No. 23, respectively, on the Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, and were heard in TV shows like "Gossip Girl" and such films as "21" and "Whip It."

• Meanwhile, the first single from "Congratulations," "Flash Delirium," has yet to chart on any of Billboard's radio airplay tallies.

• Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" profits—in part—from the trio's five wins on Sunday night's (April 18) Academy of Country Music Awards show as the set rises from No. 4 to No. 3 with 65,000 (up 15%). Kmart also gave it an assist, since it was sale-priced at the retailer for $9.99 last week. As the ACM Awards aired in the evening of the final day in SoundScan's tracking week, expect a more robust increase next week for Lady A's set and the rest of the acts featured on the program.

• The Billboard 200's second-highest debut is Coheed and Cambria's "Year of the Black Rainbow": It starts with 51,000 copies sold at a career-high rank of No. 5. The rock act's last album, 2007's "No World for Tomorrow," bowed at No. 6 but with a bigger opening sales figure (62,000).

• Last week's No. 2 set, Usher's "Raymond v Raymond," dips two spots to No. 4 with 64,000 (down 31%), the "Now 33" compilation" falls one rung to No. 6 with 45,000 (down 15%), and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" holds at No. 7 with 32,000 (down 3%).

• Ke$ha's "Animal" roars again, climbing from No. 16 to No. 8 with 31,000 (up 39%). The album was featured in Best Buy's circular advertisement last week and discounted in iTunes' Music Store for $7.99. Additionally, she performed on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" April 17, perhaps spurring a late-in-the-week sales bump.

• Closing out the Billboard 200 top 10 this week are Monica's "Still Standing," down three spots to No. 9 with 30,000 (down 21%), and Justin Bieber's first "My World" album, which falls two positions to No. 10 with 30,000 (down less than 1%).

• Of special note, just outside the top 10 we see the debut of guitar legend Jeff Beck's "Emotion & Commotion" with 26,000. As a solo artist, it's the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee's highest debut on the chart (No. 11) and his second-best rank ever. His previous high-water mark came when "Blow by Blow" reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 1975.

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 18) totaled 5.5 million units, up 3% compared with the sum last week (5.3 million) and down 14% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.4 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 92.7 million, down 10% compared with the same total at this point last year (103.2 million).

• AND NEXT WEEK:

• It's still early going in the week, but eagle-eyed industry sources are suggesting that the kids from Fox TV's "Glee" may earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with the series' "The Power of Madonna" soundtrack. If all of the stars align, the companion album from the show's same-named episode, which aired last night (April 20) to much fanfare, may register a record sales week for a "Glee" album. The best week for a "Glee" set was racked when its "Season One, The Music Volume 2" soundtrack began at No. 3 with 173,000 last December.

• However, it's not a done deal that Columbia Records' "Glee: The Power of Madonna" will do gangbuster business. Complicating matters is the difficulty of projecting how this unusual release (a seven-song all-covers TV soundtrack based on one artist's catalog) will sell in its first week.

• The "Glee" club and Madonna are going up against rock gods AC/DC with its "Iron Man 2" soundtrack—also on Columbia—which is looking to debut in either the No. 2 or No. 3 slot on the Billboard 200. The set, tied to the forthcoming film (due in U.S. theaters May 7), gathers together 15 of the band's classic tracks, including iconic cuts like "Highway to Hell," "Back in Black" and "Thunderstruck." The AC/DC effort was released Monday, April 19, out of step with the usual Tuesday release date that most new albums in the United States follow.

• Where "Glee" and AC/DC will ultimately debut also depends on the punch the Academy of Country Music Awards may have on Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (No. 3 this week with 65,000) and how Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" will do in its fifth week on the tally. (It was No. 1 this week with 92,000.)




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5.5 million units
• UP 3% from last week's charts: 5.3 million units
• DOWN 14% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.4 million units
• This week: No album sells more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: In its fourth week on the chart, the soundtrack to "Hannah Montana: the Movie" ascended to No. 1 for the first time, moving 2-1 and selling 133,000 (down 32%). The previous week's chart-topper, Rascal Flatts' "Unstoppable," fell to No. 3 with 107,000 (down 69%). The highest new entry belonged to Day26's "Forever in a Day," which started at No. 2 with 113,000.


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: AC/DC's "Iron Man 2," the "Glee" TV soundtrack to its episode "The Power of Madonna," Circa Survive's "Blue Sky Noise," Sevendust's "Cold Day Memory," Cypress Hill's "Rise Up," Kottonmouth Kings' "Long Live the Kings," Willie Nelson's "Country Music," Grateful Dead's "Crimson, White & Indigo," Ratt's "Infestation," Merle Haggard's "I Am What I Am," Rufus Wainwright's "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu" and Colt Ford's "Chicken & Biscuits."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap" debuted atop the tally with 158,000 while the previous week's No. 1, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack fell to No. 2 with 104,000 (down 22%). Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" was the second-highest new entry, starting at No. 3 with 80,000. Asher Roth's "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" was the final arrival in the top 10, opening at No. 5 with 65,000.