Taylor Swift's "Fearless" is a non-mover at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, sticking around for an amazing 11th week at the top ... the chart's top debut comes from metal band Lamb of God, while the Jonas Brothers also enter with the soundtrack to their "3D Concert Experience" film ... Country singer Jake Owen sees his sophomore effort bow in the top 15 of the big chart while starting at No. 2 on Top Country Albums ... the "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack races up the tally, as expected, following its film's Oscar haul ... in Progress Reports, we've got news on the All-American Rejects' new No. 1 single, Depeche Mode's return to the Modern Rock chart, the success of Seether's cover of George Michael's "Careless Whisper," Keith Urban's 10th topper on the Hot Country Songs chart and the arrival of Miley Cyrus' single "The Climb."


FLASH POINTS

• Taylor Swift's "Fearless" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for an 11th week, shifting 73,000 (up 18%). As we mentioned last week, the last set to spend more time at No. 1 was Santana's "Supernatural," which did 12 non-consecutive weeks between 1999 and 2000. Only seven albums by solo female artists have spent 11 weeks or more atop the list in the history of the Billboard 200. They are, aside from "Fearless," Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" (12 weeks), Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, Mariah Carey's self-titled debut (11 weeks), Houston's "Whitney" (11 weeks), Carole King's "Tapestry" (15 weeks) and Judy Garland's "Judy at Carnegie Hall" (13 weeks).

• It's highly unlikely Swift will be in the top slot next week, as all signs point to a No. 1 debut from U2's "No Line on the Horizon," which hit retail yesterday (March 3).

• An album that some industry prognosticators thought would debut at No. 1 this week -- the Jonas Brothers' soundtrack to its "3D Concert Experience" film -- has to settle for an entrance at No. 3 with 50,000. The group's movie opened with $12.5 million at the U.S. and Canada box office last weekend, a lower figure than what was expected by biz observers.

• Instead, the top debut on the Billboard 200 comes from metal band Lamb of God, which arrives at No. 2 with a career-best sales week of 68,000. The act's last release, 2006's "Sacrament," started at No. 8 with 63,000, but zoomed off the chart after just eight weeks ... Country singer Jake Owen enters at No. 13 on the big chart with his second album, "Easy Does It, shifting 23,000. Over on Top Country Albums, it starts at No. 2 ... The set's lead single, "Don't Think I Can't Love You," rises to a new peak of No. 9 on the Hot Country Songs chart this week.

• As predicted last week, the soundtrack album to "Slumdog Millionaire" makes a big leap up the Billboard 200, climbing from No. 22 to No. 4 with 44,000 (up 109%), feeling the full impact of the film's eight Academy Award wins on Feb. 22. On the Hot Digital Songs chart, "Slumdog's" Best Original Song winner, "Jai Ho," enters at No. 7 with 130,000 (up 489%) and will surely make a swift climb up the Billboard Hot 100 once it is compiled later today (March 4).




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless (Big Machine ) 11 12 T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG)
*2 New LAMB OF GOD Wrath (Epic / Sony Music) 12 15 KEYSHIA COLE A Different Me (Imani / Geffen / IGA)
*3 New JONAS BROTHERS The 3D Concert Experience (Soundtrack) (Hollywood ) *13 New JAKE OWEN Easy Does It (RCA Nashville / SMN)
*4 22 SOUNDTRACK Slumdog Millionaire (Interscope / IGA) 14 14 COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol )
5 4 NICKELBACK Dark Horse (Roadrunner ) 15 7 INDIA.ARIE Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (Soulbird / Universal Republic / UMRG)
6 5 BEYONCE I Am...Sasha Fierce (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music) 16 9 ROBERT PLANT / ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand (Rounder )
*7 10 LADY GAGA The Fame (Streamline / KonLive / Cherrytree / Interscope / IGA) 17 17 SOUNDTRACK Twilight (Summit / Chop Shop / Atlantic / AG)
8 3 THE FRAY The Fray (Epic / Sony Music) 18 13 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Working On A Dream (Columbia / Sony Music)
9 6 JAMIE FOXX Intuition (J / RMG) 19 18 PINK Funhouse (LaFace / JLG)
10 8 KANYE WEST 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG) 20 2 CHARLIE WILSON Uncle Charlie (P Music Group / Jive / JLG)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week







MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 6.91 million units
• DOWN 6.8% from last week's charts: 7.41 million units
• DOWN 13.1% from same week, 2008: 7.95 million units
• This week: No albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on The Billboard 200: Janet Jackson's "Discipline" debuted at No. 1 with 181,000 while Erykah Badu's "New Amerykah Part One" started in the runner-up slot with 124,000. The previous week's topper, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static," fell to No. 3 with 92,000 (down 13%).



BORDERLINES

• The No. 20 album this week, Charlie Wilson's "Uncle Charlie" (P Music Group/Jive/JLG), sold 20,000.
• The No. 20 album for the same week of 2008, Daughtry's "Daughtry" (RCA/RMG), sold 23,000.
• Average total of the No. 20 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (2000-2009): 44,243.


PROGRESS REPORTS

• The All-American Rejects claims its first No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart this week with "Gives You Hell." It's the band's fifth chart hit, and fourth top 10 single. The arrival at the top marks the first time a group has been at No. 1 since the Jan. 5, 2008 chart, when Timbaland featuring OneRepublic spent their last frame in the penthouse with "Apologize."

• Depeche Mode's new single "Wrong" debuts at No. 27 on the Modern Rock radio airplay chart, giving the veteran band its 17th entry on the tally. The single is the lead track from the act's forthcoming "Sounds of the Universe" album, due April 21. The project is the group's first release after having departed Warner Music last year for a worldwide deal with EMI. Previously, the act's albums were distributed through Warner in the U.S., but outside of America the act went through EMI ... "Wrong" is Depeche Mode's highest debut on the Modern Rock tally since 1997's "Barrel of a Gun" started at No. 22.

• Elsewhere on the Modern Rock chart, Seether arrives at No. 39 with its remake of Wham! featuring George Michael's "Careless Whisper." The original version was a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. Seether's take on the track was recorded as part of a promotion for Rhapsody and made available as a digital download. Positive early response has prompted the song's inclusion on future pressings of the group's current album "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces." "Whisper" isn't the first unlikely rock remake of a George Michael tune: Limp Bizkit's cover over "Faith" reached No. 28 on the Modern Rock chart in 1999.

• In other Modern Rock cover news, Framing Hanley's take on Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" slips to No. 22 on the tally in its 19th chart week, while My Chemical Romance's cover of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" (from the "Watchmen" soundtrack) moves up to No. 23 in its fifth week on the list.

• On the Hot Country Songs chart, Keith Urban notches his 10th No. 1 single as "Sweet Thing" rises to the top this week. It's the first single from Urban's new studio set, "Defying Gravity," which drops March 31 ... "Sweet Thing" gives Urban back-to-back No. 1s, following January's "Start a Band," his duet with Brad Paisley ... In other big news on the Country Songs tally, Dierks Bentley claims his highest debut ever as "Sideways" slides in at No. 38. It's the second single from his "Feel That Fire" album and the follow-up to the set's No. 1 title track ... Elsewhere on Hot Country Songs, Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," the first single from the soundtrack to her big screen "Hannah Montana" movie, debuts at No. 47. The album streets March 24 while the film bows in theaters on April 10. Cyrus has charted once previously on the Hot Country Songs chart, when she helped out her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus on "Ready, Set, Don't Go," which debuted at No. 48 in 2007 on its way to a No. 4 peak in early 2008.









A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: U2's "No Line on the Horizon," Neko Case's "Middle Cyclone," Rush's "Retrospective 3," and the soundtrack and score albums to the film "Watchmen."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Alan Jackson's "Good Time" started with 119,000 and replaced another Jackson at No. 1, Janet Jackson, who saw her "Discipline" slip to No. 3 with 57,000 (down 68%) in its second week.

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