For the sixth week, Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" is the best-selling album in the United States, shifting 98,000. Can he make it a seventh week? . . . Sugarland's new Wal-Mart-exclusive CD/DVD combo "Live on the Inside" takes a bow with 76,000 . . . This week's album charts are ultra-sleepy but should perk up next week with entries from George Strait, Cobra Starship and Neil Diamond (with another Wal-Mart exclusive) . . . In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Muse, Linkin Park and Madonna. [PLEASE NOTE: Chart Alert was revised at 11:21 AM PST on Aug. 12.]


FLASH POINTS

• Michael Jackson continues to retain the top-selling album in the United States as his "Number Ones" shifted another 98,000 last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 14%), placing it at No. 1 on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart (viewable at billboard.biz/charts) for a sixth nonconsecutive week. It's the longest No. 1 run for a male artist since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" also did six weeks in late 2007 and early 2008. It's Jackson's longest reign with the top album in the country since 1987's "Bad" spent six weeks as the best seller. His 1991 set "Dangerous" earned four weeks at No. 1, while 1995's "HIStory" was No. 1 for two weeks and 2001's "Invincible" topped the tally for one week.

• The Top Comprehensive Albums chart houses both older and current albums (the latter are generally those that are 18 months old or less). On the Billboard 200, only current or new albums are ranked. That's why Jackson's "Number Ones"—released in 2003—is absent from the latter tally.

• So, while Jackson is still tops overall, on the currents-based Billboard 200, Sugarland's new Wal-Mart-exclusive CD/DVD package "Live on the Inside" enters at No. 1 with 76,000. The release was ushered in by an ABC TV special of the same name that aired Aug. 3, the night before the set hit stores.

• It's the country duo's second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in little more than a year. It earned its first when its third studio album, "Love on the Inside," ascended to the top Aug. 16, 2008, after debuting at No. 2 the previous week.

• The CD portion of Sugarland's new "Live" set features many covers of familiar pop tunes, including Pearl Jam's "Better Man," Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" and Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire." The live show on the DVD was lensed Oct. 25, 2008, at the Lexington, Ky., stop of the pair's Love on the Inside tour.

• Last week's No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Fabolous' "Loso's Way," slips to No. 10 in its second week, moving 37,000 (down 63%). This week's second-highest new entry comes from country quartet Gloriana, which arrives at No. 3 with its self-titled debut effort (44,000). The 16th volume of the popular children's series "Kidz Bop Kids" series starts at No. 8 with 38,000 while R&B singer K'Jon's debut album, "I Get Around," enters at No. 12 with 33,000.

• And now a recap of the rest of the top 10 on the Billboard 200 . . . the "Now 31" compilation rises 4-2 with 45,000 (down 16%) while the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." slides up one notch to No. 4 with 44,000 (down 10%). Rising one rung, Kings of Leon's "Only by the Night" also sold slightly more than 44,000 (down 6%) while Daughtry's "Leave This Town" (falling from No. 2 to No. 6) was just a handful of units behind Kings of Leon, also selling about 44,000 (down 29%). Lastly, Maxwell's "BLACKsummer'snight" falls four slots to No. 7 with 43,000 (down 22%), and Taylor Swift's "Fearless" holds at No. 9 with 37,000 (down 1%).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 9) totaled 6 million units, up 1.2% compared with the sum last week (5.9 million) and down 15.7% compared with the same sales week of 2008 (7.2 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 213.8 million, down 14.3% compared with the same total at this point last year (249.4 million).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6 million units
• UP 1.2% from last week's charts: 5.9 million units
• DOWN 15.7% from same week, 2008: 7.2 million units
• This week: No albums on the Billboard 200 or Top Comprehensive Albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: The "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack climbed to No. 1 for the first time, shifting 131,000 (down 5%). The chart's highest debut was Lloyd's "Lessons in Love" at No. 7 with 51,000.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Black Eyed Peas score back-to-back No. 1s on the Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40 chart with the ascension of "I Gotta Feeling" to the top slot. It follows "Boom Boom Pow," which spent seven weeks at No. 1 in May, June and July. The Peas are the first group to notch consecutive No. 1s on this chart since Maroon 5 did so in 2004 with "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" . . . On the Top Country Songs chart, Taylor Swift notches her fourth topper as "You Belong With Me" hits No. 1 this week. She previously scored with "Our Song," "Should've Said No" and "Love Story."

• With nine nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart, Linkin Park's "New Divide" surpasses Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire" as the single with the most frames atop the list this year. The last song to spend more weeks at No. 1 was Offspring's "You're Gonna Go Far Kid" with 11 weeks between Oct. 4 and Dec. 13, 2008 . . . Meanwhile, Muse's career-high entry at No. 16 on the Alternative chart is the fifth single to bow in the top 20 this year and the third from the Warner family of labels. Earlier in 2009, Reprise's Green Day started at No. 8 with "Know Your Enemy" while the aforementioned Linkin Park (on Warner Bros.) began at No. 6 with "New Divide."

• On Hot Dance Airplay, "Celebration"—the first single/title track from Madonna's upcoming greatest-hits album (due Sept. 29)—starts the party at No. 7, the chart's highest debut since Dec. 13, 2008, when Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" also debuted at No. 7. Since the Dance Airplay chart launched Aug. 16, 2003, only two other singles have bowed higher: Ciara's "1, 2 Step" (No. 5 on Jan. 20, 2005) and Madonna's "4 Minutes" (No. 5 on April 5, 2008) . . . "Celebration" also enters the Hot Dance Club Songs chart at No. 29—the diva's 56th Club hit. The entry extends her lead as the artist with the most hits on this chart.




A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: George Strait's "Twang," Cobra Starship's "Hot Mess," Jessie James' "Jessie James," Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night/NYC," Justin Moore's "Justin Moore" and Cavo's "Bright Nights, Dark Days."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer" crashed in at No. 1 with 525,000, giving the sibling trio its first chart-topper. The previous week's No. 1, the soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!," fell to No. 2 with 110,000 (down 16%).

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