The soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film "Juno" climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, pushing aside Alicia Keys' "As I Am." It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the list since "Dreamgirls" a year ago ... Natasha Bedingfield has her best week ever as "Pocketful of Sunshine" bows at No. 3 ... Indie favorite Cat Power takes her covers album straight into the top 15 while the "Radio Disney Jams 10" album and new country singer Chuck Wicks make waves ... We've also got updates on Ashes Divide, Sixx: A.M. and Rihanna.


FLASH POINTS


• The "Juno" soundtrack climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 65,000 -- up 13%. Figure that the film's four Academy Award nominations last week pushed interest in both the movie and the album. The film surpassed the $100 million mark at the U.S. and Canada box offices last weekend as well ... "Juno" is the first soundtrack from a best picture nominee to reach No. 1 since "Titanic" did so on the chart dated Jan. 24, 1998 ... "Juno" also is the first soundtrack from a theatrical film to hit the top since "Dreamgirls" spent two weeks at No. 1 a year ago ... Last week's No. 1, Alicia Keys' "As I Am," slips to No. 2 with 60,000 (down 1%).

• Natasha Bedingfield crashes the Billboard 200 with her "Pocketful of Sunshine" debuting at No. 3 with 50,000. That's not only a new chart high for her, but this is also her best sales week. Her first album, 2005's "Unwritten," peaked at No. 26 upon its debut with her previous best sales week: 34,000. Her new album was led by the single "Love Like This" (featuring Sean Kingston), a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, the tune has sold 777,000 digital downloads to date ... "Pocketful of Sunshine" has had an interesting journey to its release. Originally titled "N.B.," the set bowed in spring 2007 in Europe. However, it was greeted by mediocre sales and failed to produce major hit singles. Perhaps in response to that reception, the American version of the album only retains six of the songs from "N.B." and adds seven recently recorded tunes (including lead track "Love Like This").

• Cat Power notches her third album on the Billboard 200 -- and the highest-charting one yet -- as the mostly covers set "Jukebox" starts at No. 12 with a career-high 29,000. Cat Power (aka Charlyn Marshall) last visited the big chart when "Greatest" bowed at No. 34 in 2006 with 23,000. "Jukebox" includes Marshall's takes on Joni Mitchell's "Blue," Kander and Ebb's "Theme From New York, New York" and Bob Dylan's "I Believe in You"

• At No. 18 on the Billboard 200 with 21,000, the "Radio Disney Jams 10" album arrives, setting a new chart high for the popular kid-friendly series. The previous best for the line came when "Radio Disney Jams 9" bowed at No. 56 last year ... The 10th volume of the series is particularly packed with Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, including Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana's "Nobody's Perfect," Zac Efron's "Bet on It," Aly and AJ's "Potential Breakup Song," Hilary Duff's "With Love," Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly," Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah," Elliot Yamin's "Wait for You" and Daughtry's "Home."

• New country singer Chuck Wicks checks in at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Starting Now." The set sold 20,000 last week and also bows at No. 7 on Top Country Albums. The album's lead single, "Stealing Cinderella," bullets at No. 13 on Hot Country Songs this week.

• Other debuts on the Billboard 200 this week include Drive-By Truckers' "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" (No. 37 with 16,000), Matt Costa's "Unfamiliar Faces" (No. 59 with 11,000), Kate Voegele's "Don't Look Away" (No. 63 with 10,000), the "Ultra.Dance 09" compilation (No. 77 with 8,000) and Black Mountain's "In the Future" (No. 101 with 7,000).



The Billboard 200

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 2 SOUNDTRACK Juno (Fox / Rhino / AG) 11 8 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 26 (EMI / Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)
2 1 ALICIA KEYS As I Am (MBK / J / RMG) *12 New CAT POWER Jukebox (Matador )
*3 New NATASHA BEDINGFIELD Pocketful Of Sunshine (Phonogenic / Epic / Sony Music) 13 13 SOUNDTRACK Alvin And The Chipmunks (Fox / Razor & Tie)
4 3 MARY J. BLIGE Growing Pains (Matriarch / Geffen / IGA) *14 16 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury Nashville / UMGN)
5 4 RADIOHEAD In Rainbows (TBD / ATO) 15 11 COLBIE CAILLAT Coco (Universal Republic / UMRG)
6 6 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine ) 16 15 EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden (ERC )
*7 9 CHRIS BROWN Exclusive (Jive / Zomba) 17 17 FERGIE The Dutchess (will.i.am / A&M / Interscope / IGA)
*8 12 KEYSHIA COLE Just Like You (Confidential / Imani / Geffen / IGA) *18 New VARIOUS ARTISTS Radio Disney: James 10 (Walt Disney )
*9 14 GARTH BROOKS The Ultimate Hits (Pearl ) 19 20 DAUGHTRY Daughtry (RCA / RMG)
*10 10 MILEY CYRUS Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus (Walt Disney / Hollywood ) 20 19 ONEREPUBLIC Dreaming Out Loud (Mosley / Interscope / IGA)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 7.30 million units
• UP 4.7% from last issue's charts: 6.97 million units
• DOWN 14.1% from same week, 2007: 8.50 million units
• This week: No albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Pretty Ricky's "Late Night Special" bowed atop the list with 132,000. The Shins' "Wincing the Night Away" started in the runner-up slot with 118,000 while the "Grammy Nominees 2007" compilation began at No. 4 with 77,000. John Mellencamp celebrated his highest-charting album since 1985 as his "Freedom's Road" landed at No. 5 with 56,000. The top two albums sold more than 100,000.





BORDERLINES

• The No. 50 album this week, Kanye West's "Graduation" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam), sold 12,000.
• The No. 50 album for the same week of 2007, Il Divo's "Siempre" (SYCO/Columbia/Sony Music), sold 14,000.
• Average total of the No. 50 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 20,529.



PROGRESS REPORTS

• Ashes Divide, the new project from A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel, bows at No. 25 on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart with its first single, "The Stone." That's the highest debut the chart has seen since the Sept. 1, 2007, list, when Kid Rock's "So Hott" started at the same position. Island Records will release Ashes Divide's debut album, "Keep Telling Myself It's Alright," April 8.

• Nikki Sixx (in the guise of his new act Sixx: A.M.) charts his first single on the Alternative/Modern Rock chart as "Life Is Beautiful" bows at No. 40. His other band, Motley Crue, never reached the Alternative/Modern Rock chart. That isn't surprising, as the act found success on mainstream rock radio, not alt-rock outlets. On the Mainstream Rock chart, the Crue has charted 23 singles, including the top 10 hits "Smokin' in the Boys Room," "Dr. Feelgood," "Hooligan's Holiday," "Afraid" and "If I Die Tomorrow."

• On the Hot Dance Club Play chart, Rihanna scores her eighth consecutive top five hit as "Breakin' Dishes" rises from No. 7 to No. 4. More impressive, all seven of her previous hits have reached No. 1 -- "Pon De Replay," "SOS," "Unfaithful," "We Ride," "Umbrella," "Don't Stop the Music" and "Shut Up and Drive." Rihanna is tied with Madonna and Janet Jackson for the second-most-consecutive No. 1s. Tops is club queen Kristine W., who had an amazing nine straight No. 1s, starting with 1994's "Feel What You Want" and concluding with 2005's "The Wonder of It All." So, even if "Breakin' Dishes" becomes Rihanna's eighth No. 1 in a row, she'll still be parked behind Kristine W. Speaking of Kristine, her new single, a cover of Diana Ross' "The Boss," climbs to No. 18 on the Club Play chart this week.




Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 2 MARY J. BLIGE Growing Pains (Matriarch / Geffen / IGA)
2 3 ALICIA KEYS As I Am (MBK / J / RMG)
*3 5 KEYSHIA COLE Just Like You (Confidential / Imani / Geffen / IGA)
4 1 RAHEEM DEVAUGHN Love Behind The Melody (Jive / Zomba)
5 6 JAHEIM The Makings Of A Man (Divine Mill / Atlantic / AG)
*6 7 CHRIS BROWN Exclusive (Jive / Zomba)
7 8 THE-DREAM Love/Hate (Radio Killa / Def Jam / IDJMG)
8 9 LUPE FIASCO Lupe Fiasco's The Cool (1st & 15th / Atlantic / AG)
9 4 JOHN LEGEND Live From Philadelphia (G.O.O.D. / Columbia / Sony Music)
*10 11 J. HOLIDAY Back Of My Lac' (Music Line / Capitol)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Country Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
1 1 TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )
*2 2 GARTH BROOKS The Ultimate Hits (Pearl )
3 4 SUGARLAND Enjoy The Ride (Mercury / UMGN)
4 3 EAGLES Long Road Out Of Eden (ERC )
5 5 ROBERT PLANT / ALISON KRAUSS Raising Sand (Rounder )
6 6 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Carnival Ride (Arista / Arista Nashville / RMG/SBN)
*7 New CHUCK WICKS Starting Now ( )
8 7 RASCAL FLATTS Still Feels Good (Lyric Street / Hollywood)
9 8 ANNE MURRAY Duets: Friends & Legends (Manhattan / BLG)
10 9 KENNY CHESNEY Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (BNA / SBN)
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week
Top Pop Catalog Albums

Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
*1 1 GUNS N' ROSES Greatest Hits (Geffen / IGA)
2 2 BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers (Tuff Gong / Island / UMe)
*3 3 NATALIE GRANT Awaken (Curb )
*4 4 MICHAEL BUBLE It's Time (143 / Reprise / Warner Bros.)
*5 7 JOURNEY Journey's Greatest Hits (Legacy / Columbia / Sony BMG)
6 6 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS Greatest Hits (MCA / UMe)
*7 9 PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Capitol )
*8 11 BON JOVI Cross Road (Mercury / UMe)
9 8 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Wicked (Decca Broadway / Decca)
10 10 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING Jersey Boys (Rhino )
* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week





A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: the "2008 Grammy Nominees" compilation, the Mars Volta's "The Bedlam in Goliath," Sarah Brightman's "Symphony," Bullet for My Valentine's "Scream Aim Fire," Shelby Lynne's "Just a Little Lovin' " and Idina Menzel's "I Stand."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: three albums debuted in the top 10, with Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" bowing at No. 1 with 405,000. Katharine McPhee's self-titled set started at No. 2 with 116,000 while Celtic Woman's "New Journey" landed at No. 4 with 71,000. The top two albums sold more than 100,000.