The soundtrack to the teen vampire romance "Twilight" bows atop the Billboard 200, pushing AC/DC's "Black Ice" to No. 2 after a two-week run at the top . . . Three more albums start in the top 10: Hinder's sophomore set, Andrea Bocelli's new studio release and Brad Paisley's mostly instrumental effort . . . Others that start high this week include Sarah Brightman, Shiny Toy Guns and Harry Connick Jr. . . . In Progress Reports, we've got updates on Taylor Swift, Enya and Incubus.
Released in advance of the movie's U.S. theatrical premiere on Nov. 21, the "Twilight" soundtrack starts with a handsome 165,000 and bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Downloads of the album accounted for 29% (48,000) of its first week. That's the second-biggest digital week for a soundtrack since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album download sales in 2004. Only the "High School Musical 2" album posted a bigger frame, when it bowed with 62,000 downloads.
"Twilight" is the third soundtrack to top the Billboard 200 this year, after "Juno" and "Mamma Mia!" This is the first calendar year where the chart has hosted three No. 1 theatrical film soundtracks since 1998, when "Titanic," "City of Angels" and "Armageddon" all spent time in the penthouse.
Last week's No. 1, AC/DC's "Black Ice," drops to No. 2 with 160,000 (down 41%). With 1.2 million sold in just three weeks, the album has now surpassed the total sales of its last two studio sets: 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip" (947,000) and 1995's "Ballbreaker" (1.16 million).
Hinder's sophomore album, "Take It to the Limit," arrives at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 81,000. The band's debut effort, "Extreme Behavior," spent a whopping 96 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 6, on its way to 2.7 million in sales . . . At No. 8 this week, Andrea Bocelli arrives with "Incanto," shifting 62,000. His last studio effort, "Amore," began at No. 3 with 113,000 in 2006 . . . Brad Paisley's new album "Play," which primarily consists of instrumentals, starts at No. 9 with 54,000. (Only five of the set's 15 tracks feature vocals.) On Top Country Albums, it arrives at No. 1 -- Paisley's fourth chart-topper.
Also bowing on the Billboard 200 this week is Sarah Brightman's "A Winter Symphony," arriving at No. 38 with 14,000 sold. Plus, a trio of albums sold approximately 12,000 each in their debut week: the Starbucks compilation "Winter Wonderland" (No. 42), Shiny Toy Guns' "Season of Poison" (No. 47) and Harry Connick Jr.'s "What a Night! A Christmas Album" (No. 48).
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||SOUNDTRACK Twilight (Summit / Chop Shop / Atlantic / AG)||*11||New||Q-TIP The Renaissance (Universal Motown / UMRG)|
|2||1||AC/DC Black Ice (Columbia / Sony Music)||12||12||METALLICA Death Magnetic (Warner Bros. )|
|3||3||SOUNDTRACK High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Walt Disney )||13||5||TOBY KEITH That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy (Show Dog Nashville )|
|*4||New||HINDER Take It To The Limit (Universal Republic / UMRG)||14||13||KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)|
|5||2||PINK Funhouse (LaFace / Zomba)||15||10||KENNY CHESNEY Lucky Old Sun (Blue Chair / BNA / SBN)|
|6||4||JOHN LEGEND Evolver (G.O.O.D. / Columbia / Sony Music)||16||14||JENNIFER HUDSON Jennifer Hudson (Arista / RMG)|
|7||7||T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG)||17||8||CELINE DION My Love: Essential Collection (Columbia / Sony Music)|
|*8||New||ANDREA BOCELLI Incanto (Sugar )||18||15||NE-YO Year Of The Gentleman (Def Jam / IDJMG)|
|*9||New||BRAD PAISLEY Play (Arista Nashville / SBN)||19||20||LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG)|
|10||6||RASCAL FLATTS Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Lyric Street / Hollywood)||*20||50||YO-YO MA Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy & Peace (Sony Classical / Sony BMG Masterworks)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 7.02 million units
UP 1% from last issue's charts: 6.96 million units
DOWN 29% from same week, 2007: 9.94 million units
This week: The top three albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: Jay-Z's "American Gangster" replaced Eagles' "Long Road out of Eden" at No. 1. The rapper's album shifted 425,000 in its first week while "Eden" sold 359,000 in its second week (down 49%). The top six albums each sold more than 100,000.
The No. 1 album this week, the soundtrack to "Twilight" (Chop Shop/Atlantic), sold 165,000.
The No. 1 album for the same week of 2007, Jay-Z's "American Gangster" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam), sold 425,000.
Average total of the No. 1 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 433,611.
Taylor Swift, who is sure to place high on the Billboard 200 next week with her new studio album "Fearless," claims her third No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. "Love Story" rises from No. 2 to No. 1, elevating her into a three-way tie for second-most No. 1s among solo females this decade. Swift matches the totals of Jo Dee Messina and Sara Evans since 2000, while Carrie Underwood -- whose "Just a Dream" dips from No. 1 to No. 4 to make room for Swift at the summit -- enjoys a healthy lead with seven chart-toppers in that span.
Enya claims her seventh hit on the Adult Contemporary chart as "Trains and Winter Rains" debuts at No. 30 this week. The song, lifted from her Christmas set "And Winter Came . . . ," is her first to chart since "Someone Said Goodbye" spent seven weeks on the list in 2006. Enya's "Winter" album, her first holiday collection, will bow on next week's Billboard 200.
Incubus extends its string of top 20 hits on the Modern Rock chart to 13 -- its entire chart output -- as "Love Hurts" rolls from No. 21 to No. 16. The quintet matches Foo Fighters for the longest current streak of top 20 hits and the third-longest in the chart's 20-year history. U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers share the lead with 17 consecutive top 20 singles. Of Incubus' 12 previous charted tracks, all but one reached the top 10 and three rose to No. 1: "Drive" (2001), "Megalomaniac" (2004) and "Anna-Molly" (2006).
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Enya's "And Winter Came . . . ," Taylor Swift's "Fearless," David Archuleta's "David Archuleta," T-Pain's "Thr33 Ringz," Seal's "Soul" and the "Now That's What I Call Music! 29" compilation.
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: Alicia Keys' "As I Am" debuted at No. 1 with 742,000 while Josh Groban's "Noel" rose to No. 2 with 223,000 (up 93%). The previous week's chart-topper, Jay-Z's "American Gangster," fell to No. 8 with 131,000 (down 69%). The top 10 albums each sold more than 100,000.