Set sold 281,000 copies in the United States.
The soundtrack to Disney's "Hannah Montana" storms onto The Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week, marking the fourth top 10 debut from the movie/television giant. The set sold 281,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, notching the biggest start for a soundtrack since November 2005, when "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" bowed with 317,000.
Other top-selling Disney titles from this year include the "Cars," "The Cheetah Girls 2" and the immensely popular "High School Musical," which is the only album to sell more than 3 million copies so far in 2006.
My Chemical Romance checks in at No. 2 with "The Black Parade," the follow-up to its 2004 breakthrough album "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge." Fueled by the lead single "Welcome To The Black Parade," the Reprise set sold 240,000 copies, dwarfing the 38,000-unit debut week for "Three Cheers."
John Legend's sophomore album, "Once Again" (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia) starts at No. 3 with 231,000. Legend, who won the Grammy for best new artist earlier this year, surpasses the No. 4 peak of his debut set, "Get Lifted." That album debuted at No. 7 in the week after Christmas 2005 and then rose to No. 4 the following week. It has sold 1.8 million copies to date.
Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive), which topped the chart for two weeks in October, keeps the No. 4 spot warm for a second week with 89,000, a 10% sales decrease. Evanescence's Wind-Up effort "The Open Door" falls 2-5 with 78,000 copies, a 30% sales decline.
Despite a sales hit of 9%, Hinder's Universal Republic effort "Extreme Behavior" continues to prosper in its 39th week on the chart, ascending 7-6 with 69,000. After earning his first No. 1 album since 1997 last week, Diddy's "Press Play" (Bad Boy/Atlantic) is knocked to No. 7 with 60,000 (65%). Tony Bennett's "Duets: An American Classic" (RPM/Columbia) sells 53,000 and moves 8-9 with a 21% sales decrease.
After 56 weeks on the chart, Nickelback's Roadrunner set "All the Right Reasons" re-enters the top tier, climbing 14-9 with 49,000, despite a sales slip of 6%. The Killers cling to the No. 10 spot for a second week with "Sam's Town" (Island), which sold 47,000 (-24%).
With his catchy hit "Chain Hang Low" having already hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, Geffen artist Jibbs enjoys a handsome debut for his first album, "Jibbs Feat. Jibbs" at No. 11 with 47,000. Other big debuts this week include Alabama's RCA release "Songs of Inspiration" (No. 15, 44,000), Lil' Boosie's "Bad Azz" from Trill (No. 18, 41,000), country youngster Taylor Swift's self-titled debut for Big Machine (No. 19, 40,000), Montgomery Gentry's Columbia Nashville set "Some People Change" (No. 23, 37,000) and Shareefa's Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam release "Point of No Return" (No. 25, 37,000).
Overall CD sales are up 1.7% from last week's count and up 5.1% compared to the same week a year ago at 10.03 million units. Sales for 2006 are down 5% compared to 2005 at 433.5 million units.