As expected, Coldplay rocks the top of the Billboard 200 as its "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" bows atop the list with 721,000. It's the second No. 1 for the British band, following the chart-topping start of 2005's "X&Y," which began with 737,000 . . . Meanwhile, the soundtrack to Disney Channel's Jonas Brothers-enhanced "Camp Rock" movie starts at No. 3. Other high debuts are made by Coldplay's Capitol labelmate Katy Perry, the return of Offspring with "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace" and Judas Priest's concept album "Nostradamus."

FLASH POINTS

• For the second week, the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 shifts more than 700,000 as Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" crashes in with 721,000. It's the second No. 1 for the British band, following the chart-topping start of 2005's "X&Y," which began with 737,000.

• Last week, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" made history with its 1 million-plus debut at No. 1. With the big week for "Viva," this is only the second time the chart has contained back-to-back debuts north of 700,000 since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The first time it happened was way back in the summer of 2000 when Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again" (1.3 million) was followed by Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" (1.8 million).

• In the three years since Coldplay's last album started at No. 1 with more than 700,000, only one other rock band has had a 700,000-plus week. Last November, the Eagles' "Long Road out of Eden" began at No. 1 with 711,000 . . . Since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales, just three U.K. acts have scored sales weeks of 700,000 or more -- Coldplay, U2 and the Beatles. That's certainly nice company to keep.

• Forty percent -- or 288,000 -- of the overall first-week sales for "Viva La Vida" consisted of downloaded albums. That's the biggest sales frame ever registered for a digital album, easily surpassing the previous record that Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" set earlier this year when it started with 139,000 downloads.

• At No. 3 on the Billboard 200 this week, the soundtrack to Disney Channel's TV movie musical "Camp Rock" starts with 188,000. The June 20 broadcast premiere averaged 8.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the network's second-most-watched original movie after 2007's "High School Musical 2" (17.2 million viewers for its Aug. 17 premiere) . . . With 188,000 sold in its first week, "Camp Rock" instantly becomes the 20th soundtrack to sell at least 100,000 this year. At this time last year, only 13 soundtracks had sold 100,000.

• Zooming up from No. 124 last week to No. 7 is Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad," up a whopping 930%. The album was reissued last week with three additional songs . . . At No. 9, Katy Perry rides her "I Kissed a Girl" success to a 47,000 debut with her album "One of the Boys." Right behind her, Offspring bounces onto the tally at No. 10 with "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace" (46,000). Judas Priest rounds out the biggest of the debuts this week as its "Nostradamus" lands at No. 11 with 42,000. It's the highest-charting album of the veteran band's career. The act's previous high came with the No. 13 debut of "Angel of Retribution" in 2005.




The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 New COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol ) *11 New JUDAS PRIEST Nostradamus (Epic / Sony Music)
2 1 LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG) 12 6 JOURNEY Revelation (Nomota )
*3 New SOUNDTRACK Camp Rock (Walt Disney ) 13 10 WEEZER Weezer (DGC / Interscope / IGA)
4 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 28 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol) 14 11 3 DOORS DOWN 3 Doors Down (Universal Republic / UMRG)
5 2 PLIES Definition Of Real (Big Gates / Slip-N-Slide / Atlantic / AG) 15 8 ALANIS MORISSETTE Flavors Of Entanglement (Maverick / Warner Bros.)
6 5 USHER Here I Stand (LaFace / Zomba) *16 19 KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)
*7 124 RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG) 17 14 LEONA LEWIS Spirit (SYCO / J / RMG)
8 4 DISTURBED Indestructible (Reprise / Warner Bros.) 18 15 DUFFY Rockferry (Mercury / IDJMG)
*9 New KATY PERRY One Of The Boys (Capitol ) 19 16 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*10 New THE OFFSPRING Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace (Columbia / Sony Music) 20 7 N*E*R*D Seeing Sounds (Star Trak / Interscope / IGA)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 8.3 million units
• DOWN 10.7% from last issue's charts: 9.29 million units
• DOWN 6.8% from same week, 2007: 8.9 million units
• This week: The top three albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Bon Jovi notched its first No. 1 since 1988 as "Lost Highway" bowed atop the chart with 292,000. The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" started at No. 2, and Brad Paisley's "5th Gear" switched in at No. 3. Each of the top three albums sold more than 100,000.



BORDERLINES

• The No. 20 album this week, N*E*R*D*'s "Seeing Sounds" (Star Trak/Interscope/IGA), sold 24,000.
• The No. 20 album for the same week of 2007, Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible" (Reprise/Warner Bros.), sold 33,000.
• Average total of the No. 20 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 44,806.


PROGRESS REPORTS

• On Hot Country Songs, Kenny Chesney's "Better As a Memory" stays put at No. 1 for a second week while Sugarland collects its eighth top 10 hit as "All I Want to Do" rises 13-10 ... Over on the Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart, "Time of My Life" by "American Idol" winner David Cook moves 13-11 in its fifth week on the chart. It's only the second single this year to take five weeks or less to rise to that position or higher -- only Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" equaled the feat. The British singer's tune bowed at No. 21 back in April and then moved 18-15-12-10.

• On the Modern Rock airplay tally, the entire top six is static for the first time since the Dec. 29, 2007, chart. That was when Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" led the chart for its 18th -- and final -- week while Seether's "Fake It," Serj Tankian's "Empty Walls," Linkin Park's "Shadow of the Day," Chevelle's "I Get It" and Jimmy Eat World's "Big Casino" rounded out the top six.

• On the CHR/Top 40 radio airplay chart, as Rihanna rises to No. 1 with "Take a Bow," she also lands her lucky 13th hit as "Disturbia" starts at No. 33. The tune is one of the new tracks added to the deluxe version of her album "Good Girl Gone Bad." All told, seven of the tracks from "Good Girl" have charted on the CHR/Top 40 list. The initial pressing's "Umbrella," "Hate That I Love You" and "Don't Stop the Music" all reached the top five, while "Shut Up and Drive" hit No. 11. The reissue's "Take a Bow," "If I Never See Your Face Again" and "Disturbia" have all recently made chart waves . . . Rihanna made her CHR/Top 40 debut slightly more than three years ago, when "Pon De Replay" bowed at No. 31 on the June 25, 2005, chart. In that same span of time, no female artist has come close to charting as many hits at CHR/Top 40. Ciara and Gwen Stefani are in second place, with a comparably meager seven hits each during the past three years.



A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Motley Crue's "Saints of Los Angeles," Sigur Ros' "Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust," Three 6 Mafia's "Last 2 Walk," Shinedown's "The Sound of Madness" and Thalia's "Lunada."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: The "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" album blew in at No. 1 with 326,000. Kelly Clarkson's "My December" started at No. 2 with 291,000 while the previous week's No. 1, Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway," dropped 57% in its second week to No. 3 with 125,000. Only the top three albums sold more than 100,000.

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