While the top three on the Billboard 200 is static, with Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" spending a third week at No. 1, two other albums arrive in the top 10. Beck's "Modern Guilt" starts at No. 4 while the soundtrack to the new musical "Mamma Mia!" bows at No. 7 . . . In other news, Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus" continues to charge up the chart, while Willie Nelson finds himself at No. 1 on the Top Jazz Albums tally . . . Latin duo Los Temerarios notches its highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200 while the debut full-length from rock band the Maine starts in the top 40 . . . In Progress Reports we've got word on Miranda Lambert's first top 10 Country single, Jesse McCartney's chart-topper on the Mainstream Top 40 list and the debut of a new sister act on the Adult Contemporary tally.
It's all quiet in the top three of the Billboard 200 this week as the trio of albums atop the list haven't budged since last week. Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" holds at No. 1 (125,000, down 20%), giving the album its third week overall in the penthouse. That's the most weeks at No. 1 for a rap album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" spent six at No. 1 in the spring of 2005. Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" stands still at No. 2 (113,000, down 25%) while the soundtrack to Disney Channel's "Camp Rock" is steady as she goes at No. 3 (88,000, down 23%).
Beck's "Modern Guilt" arrives at No. 4 in its first week, shifting 84,000. That's off from the 99,000 that greeted his last set, 2006's "The Information," when it bowed at No. 7. Overall, this is Beck's ninth charting album, which includes eight proper studio sets and one remix album ("Guerolito" in 2005). "Modern Guilt" is Beck's fourth consecutive studio set to debut in the top 10 ... Right behind Beck at No. 5 is the still-surging "Rock N Roll Jesus" from Kid Rock. Powered by his hit single "All Summer Long," the album takes a 35% increase this week, selling 61,000 copies. Neither the set or the single are available digitally, thus, fans of the song who want to buy the album must purchase the entire physical product from brick-and-mortar retailers.
The soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!," the film adaptation of the hit stage musical based on ABBA's songbook, debuts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 48,000. The film hits U.S. theaters Friday, July 18, so there's a good chance the album could make a sizable gain on next week's chart. In related ABBA news, the pop group's greatest-hits album "Gold" vaults 18-6 on Top Pop Catalog with 7,000 (up 65%). That's the best sales week for "Gold" since Christmas week of 2006, when it sold 8,000. Its No. 6 rank is also a new chart high; it previously topped out at No. 7 in 2003 ... Speaking of the Top Pop Catalog albums chart, the 30th-anniversary edition of Billy Joel's "The Stranger" debuts at No. 1 with 16,000. The new reissue is bolstered with a second disc featuring a 1977 live concert recorded at New York's Carnegie Hall.
Back on the Billboard 200, Willie Nelson's long, strange trip on the chart now includes his pairing with Wynton Marsalis on "Two Men With the Blues," which enters at No. 20 with 22,000. Recorded during a special concert in January 2007 at New York's Lincoln Center, the set becomes Nelson's first No. 1 on Top Jazz Albums. Of course, if you think seeing country legend Nelson at No. 1 on the Jazz Albums list seems odd, remember that he has also crowned the Top Reggae Albums chart too. Back in 2005, Nelson's "Countryman" debuted at No. 1 on the Reggae list and spent nine weeks atop the tally.
Two more albums round out the debuts in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 this week. Los Temerarios bow at No. 26 with "Si Tu Te Vas" (17,000). It's the highest-charting album for the duo on the Billboard 200 and its second-best sales week. The pair's 2000 album "En La Madrugada Se Fue" holds the record for the act's best sales frame, when it started with 23,000. On Top Latin Albums, "Si Tu Te Vas" becomes the act's eighth No. 1, extending its lead as the group with the most No. 1s in the history of the chart . . . At No. 40 on the Billboard 200, "Can't Stop Won't Stop" by rock band the Maine starts with 12,000. It's the act's first full-length album and the follow-up to its "The Way We Talk" EP that peaked at No. 10 on the Top Heatseekers chart earlier this year.
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|1||1||LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG)||11||8||USHER Here I Stand (LaFace / Zomba)|
|2||2||COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol )||12||14||KATY PERRY One Of The Boys (Capitol )|
|3||3||SOUNDTRACK Camp Rock (Walt Disney )||13||10||DISTURBED Indestructible (Reprise / Warner Bros.)|
|*4||New||BECK Modern Guilt (DGC / IGA)||*14||17||TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )|
|*5||7||KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)||15||18||LEONA LEWIS Spirit (SYCO / J / RMG)|
|6||6||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 28 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)||16||11||THREE 6 MAFIA Last 2 Walk (Hypnotize Minds / Columbia / Sony Music)|
|*7||New||SOUNDTRACK Mamma Mia! (Decca )||17||15||PLIES Definition Of Real (Big Gates / Slip-N-Slide / Atlantic / AG)|
|*8||9||RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)||18||19||JOURNEY Revelation (Nomota )|
|9||4||G UNIT T*O*S (Terminate On Sight) (G Unit / Interscope / IGA)||19||21||3 DOORS DOWN 3 Doors Down (Universal Republic / UMRG)|
|10||5||JOHN MAYER Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles (Columbia / Sony Music)||*20||New||WILLIE NELSON WYNTON MARSALIS Two Men With The Blues (Blue Note / BLG)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 7.33 million units
DOWN 3.03% from last issue's charts: 7.56 million units
DOWN 11.7% from same week, 2007: 8.3 million units
This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: T.I.'s "T.I. Vs. T.I.P." held on to No. 1 for a second week, shifting 175,000. Smashing Pumpkins started in the runner-up slot with "Zeitgeist," selling 145,000. Only the top three albums sold more than 100,000.
The No. 50 album this week, George Strait's "Troubadour" (MCA Nashville/UMGN), sold 10,000.
The No. 50 album for the same week of 2007, Robin Thicke's "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" (Star Trak/Interscope/IGA), sold 14,000.
Average total of the No. 50 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 21,505.
Hollywood Records' Jesse McCartney rises to No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart with "Leavin'," granting the 21-year-old singer and 19-year-old label their first No. 1s on the list. McCartney achieved his prior best showing with his debut single, "Beautiful Soul," which peaked at No. 4 in February 2005, while Hollywood had previously approached the summit, peaking at No. 3 twice and at No. 2 with Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (2004) and Plain White T's' "Hey There Delilah" (2007).
Miranda Lambert garners her first top 10 single on the Hot Country Songs chart as "Gunpowder and Lead" jumps 12-9. The recent Academy of Country Music Awards winner for album of the year had previously gone as high as No. 14 with her last single, "Famous in a Small Town." All told, she's racked up seven hits on the tally since she debuted in 2004 with "Me and Charlie Talking," which rose to No. 27.
Sister duo Karmina (Latin for "song") makes its entrance with the harmony-laden "The Kiss" at No. 30 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The anthemic song leads off "Backwards Into Beauty," the debut album from the Los Angeles-based act, comprising 23-year-old Kelly Rudisill and 21-year-old Kamille Rudisill.
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Nas' "Untitled," John Mellencamp's "Life Death Love and Freedom" and Randy Travis' "Around the Bend."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: the "Now 25" compilation started atop the list with 223,000. Meanwhile, the soundtrack to "Hairspray" jumped 20-4, selling 72,000, and Colbie Caillat's "Coco" started at No. 5 with 51,000. Only the top two albums sold more than 100,000.