Disney Music Group notches its fourth No. 1 album of the year on the Billboard 200 as Demi Lovato's sophomore set, "Here We Go Again," tops the tally . . . But, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had the top-selling overall album last week, as his 2003 hits set "Number Ones" is ahead of Lovato on the all-encompassing Top Comprehensive Albums chart . . . Jordin Sparks grabs her second top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as "Battlefield" fights its way to a No. 7 entry . . . In Progress Reports we've got updates on Pearl Jam's new single, Whitney Houston's return to the charts, another No. 1 for Katy Perry and rising new artist Livvi Franc. [Chart Alert was revised at 10:44 AM PST on July 29, 2009 after Nielsen SoundScan retransmitted their sales charts.]



FLASH POINTS

• Hollywood Records' Demi Lovato debuts atop the Billboard 200 with her second album, "Here We Go Again," shifting 108,000 in its first week. The singer/actress' first effort, "Don't Forget," bowed at No. 2 less than a year ago with 89,000. It's the fourth No. 1 this year for the Disney Music Group—a record for the company. Lovato follows chart-toppers from Rascal Flatts' "Unstoppable," the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack and Jonas Brothers' "Lines, Vines and Trying Times." Previously, Disney had managed three No. 1s in both 2007 and 2006.

• However, Lovato is trumped on the all-encompassing Top Comprehensive Albums chart by, you guessed it, Michael Jackson's 2003 hits set "Number Ones," which sold 154,000 (down 20%). (On Comprehensive Albums, Lovato arrives at No. 2.) The latter tally ranks the top-selling albums in the country, regardless of age; whereas the Billboard 200 houses only new and current titles—generally those less than 18 months old.

• Jordin Sparks' sophomore album, "Battlefield," also makes a top 10 entry, arriving at No. 7 with 48,000. That gives the "American Idol" champ her second top 10 set. Her self-titled debut entered and peaked at No. 10 in 2007 with 119,000.

• And now a recap of the rest of the top 10 on the Billboard 200 . . . Daughtry's "Leave This Town," which debuted at No. 1 last week, falls to No. 2 with 101,000 sold (down 63%). Maxwell's "BLACKsummers'night" slips one spot to No. 3 with 72,000 (down 30%) while the "Now 31" album holds at No. 4 with 58,000 (down 17%). The "Hanna Montana 3" TV soundtrack falls two slots to No. 5 with 54,000 (down 26%) while the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." is down one to No. 6 with 52,000 (down 4%). Rounding out the top 10 is Kings of Leon's "Only by the Night" moving up two positions to No. 8 with 39,000 (up 19%), Taylor Swift's "Fearless" staying the course at No. 9 with 37,000 (up 2%) and Lady GaGa's "The Fame" climbing one rung to No. 10 with 28,000 (down 10%).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 26) totaled 6.25 million units, down 7.8% compared to the sum last week (6.78 million) and down 20.3% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (7.84 million). Year to date album sales stand at 201.7 million, down 14.1% compared to the same total at this point last year (234.9 million).



MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6.2 million units
• DOWN 7.8% from last week's charts: 6.8 million units
• DOWN 20.3% from same week, 2008: 7.8 million units
• This week: the top two albums on the Billboard 200 sell more than 100,000 copies. The top three albums on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart sell more than 100,000.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" bowed at No. 1 with 371,000 while Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" started in the runner-up spot with 314,000.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Pearl Jam is all over Billboard's various rock radio airplay charts this week as its new single "The Fixer" makes handsome bows on multiple tallies. On the Alternative radio chart (formerly known as Modern Rock), it arrives at No. 11, while on the Mainstream Rock tally, it comes in at No. 16. On Billboard's new Rock Songs chart (our two-month old list that includes all formats of rock radio) it comes in at No. 2. It's the first single from the band's forthcoming album, "Backspacer," due Sept. 20.

• On the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, Katy Perry lands her second No. 1 as "Waking Up in Vegas" rises 2-1 in its 14th week. Her first topper came with "Hot N Cold" on Nov. 29, 2008. She's also scored a No. 2 single with "I Kissed a Girl" and a No. 17 entry with the ballad "Thinking of You."

• Whitney Houston's new single "I Look to You" debuts on the Adult R&B radio airplay chart at No. 23. It's her first appearance on any airplay chart since 2004 and her first Adult R&B hit, "Try It on My Own," reached No. 14 in 2003. "Look" is the title track from the diva's new album, due Aug. 31 . . . Jive artist Livvi Franc is working her way up the Billboard charts. Her first hit, "Now I'm That Bitch," which already reached No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs tally, debuts at No. 38 on the Rhythmic Top 40 radio chart this week.





A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Ashley Tisdale's "Guilty Pleasure," Kristinia DeBarge's "Exposed" and Fabolous' "Loso's Way."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" moved 2-1 in its second week on the chart with 171,000 (down 45%) after the album's "standard" version streeted in title's second week. The album charted in its first week at No. 2 based on sales of its "deluxe" version.

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