Miley Cyrus notches her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Breakout" bows with 371,000 -- the second-biggest sales week of the year for a female artist . . . Sugarland starts in the runner-up spot on the Billboard 200 -- but at No. 1 on Top Country Albums -- with "Love on the Inside" and the act's best sales week ever . . . In other news, Nine Inch Nails starts in the top 20 with "The Slip," the soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" keeps on partying, Buddy Guy lands a career-high peak on the big chart, Jonas Brothers' self-titled set charges back up the tally, and omigod, the "Legally Blonde" cast album re-enters the Billboard 200 with like, a really big gain.
Miley Cyrus lands her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as her Hollywood set "Breakout" bows with 371,000. That's the second-biggest sales week of the year for a female artist, following the 463,000 debut of Mariah Carey's "E=MC2." Cyrus' last album, the half-soundtrack, half-studio set "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus," bowed at No. 1 last summer with 326,000.
Starting in the runner-up slot on the Billboard 200 is country duo Sugarland with the deluxe version of "Love on the Inside" (314,000). It's easily the Mercury Nashville act's best sales week and highest-charting album. The band's previous high came when its last album, "Enjoy the Ride," debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 211,000. "Love on the Inside's" 314,000 start is the best sales week for any country act since Eagles' "Long Road out of Eden" shifted 359,000 in its second week of release last fall.
Sugarland has another reason to celebrate -- "Love on the Inside" is its first No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Its first two sets, "Twice the Speed of Life" and "Enjoy the Ride," peaked at Nos. 3 and 2, respectively.
It will be interesting to see how sales of "Love on the Inside" hold up next week, as the standard edition of the album bowed in stores today (July 29). This edition lacks five bonus tracks found on the deluxe version. The sales from the standard and deluxe sets will be combined on next week's chart.
The soundtrack to the film "Mamma Mia!" continues to grow, as the set shifts 168,000 this week -- up 84% at No. 3. One slot below that is Kid Rock's still-hot "Rock N Roll Jesus" with 93,000 (up 26%) . . . Last week's No. 1, Nas' "Untitled," drops to No. 8 with 63,000 (down 66%).
The third-highest debut on the Billboard 200 this week belongs to Nine Inch Nails' "The Slip" at No. 13 with 29,000. While the album has been -- and will continue to be -- free to download via the band's Web site, the set was granted a limited physical run. Globally, only 250,000 CDs were produced.
One Day As a Lion, the new project from Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, lands at No. 28 with its self-titled debut EP . . . Candlebox's "Into the Sun" rises at No. 32 with 14,000 . . . Singer Noel Gourdin bows at No. 36 with his debut album, "After My Time" (14,000) ... Blues legend Buddy Guy earns his highest-charting album as "Skin Deep" enters at No. 68 with nearly 9,000. Besides having his best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991, "Skin Deep" gives Guy his first No. 1 since 2001 on the Top Blues Album chart.
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||MILEY CYRUS Breakout (Hollywood )||11||10||RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)|
|*2||New||SUGARLAND Love On The Inside: Deluxe Fan Edition (Mercury Nashville / UMGN)||12||12||TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )|
|*3||3||SOUNDTRACK Mamma Mia! (Decca )||*13||New||NINE INCH NAILS The Slip (The Null Corporation )|
|*4||6||KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)||14||15||KATY PERRY One Of The Boys (Capitol )|
|5||2||LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG)||*15||23||JONAS BROTHERS Jonas Brothers (Hollywood )|
|6||4||COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol )||16||7||JOHN MELLENCAMP Life Death Love And Freedom (Hear )|
|7||5||SOUNDTRACK Camp Rock (Walt Disney )||17||17||DISTURBED Indestructible (Reprise / Warner Bros.)|
|8||1||NAS Untitled (Def Jam / Columbia / IDJMG)||18||19||USHER Here I Stand (LaFace / Zomba)|
|9||11||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 28 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)||19||21||LEONA LEWIS Spirit (SYCO / J / RMG)|
|10||9||TAYLOR SWIFT Beautiful Eyes (EP) (Big Machine )||20||8||DAVID BANNER The Greatest Story Ever Told (b.i.G. f.a.c.e. / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 7.84 million units
UP 4.8% from last issue's charts: 7.48 million units
DOWN 1.6% from same week, 2007: 7.97 million units
This week: The top three albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: The "Now 25" compilation held at No. 1 with 149,000, the "Hairspray" soundtrack moved 4-2 with 101,000, and Prince's "Planet Earth" bowed at No. 3 with 96,000. Only the top two albums sold more than 100,000.
The No. 100 album this week, the "Now That's What I Call Classic Rock!" album (EMI/Sony BMG/Universal/Zomba/Capitol), sold 7,000.
The No. 100 album for the same week of 2007, Papa Roach's "Paramour Sessions" (El Tonal/Geffen/IGA), sold 7,000.
Average total of the No. 100 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 11,251.
Jonas Brothers continue to ride high with their self-titled sophomore set as it climbs 23-15 on the Billboard 200 with 28,000 (up 27%). The band's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" re-aired July 24 while the new issue of "Rolling Stone" -- sporting the trio on its cover -- hit newsstands last week as well ... The group's new album drops Aug. 12.
At No. 141 on the Billboard 200, Kerli's "Love Is Dead" takes a handsome 55% jump, no doubt fueled by consumers discovering her via the iTunes Store. Last week, the singer's "Walking on Air" was iTunes' free single of the week. Strictly looking at the digital album sales of "Love Is Dead," the set posted a 213% gain, resulting in nearly 3,000 downloads -- or 58% of its overall sales this week.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of "Legally Blonde: The Musical" re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 165 with an 84% increase. The show generated news July 21 as its new star, Bailey Hanks, was announced as the winner of MTV's reality show "The Search for Elle Woods." Two days later, Hanks made her Broadway debut as Woods, replacing Tony Award nominee Laura Bell Bundy, who originated the role last year.
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: the standard edition of Sugarland's "Love on the Inside," the "Kidz Bop 14" album, Third Day's "Revelation" and Scars on Broadway's "Scars on Broadway."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: Common landed at No. 1 with "Finding Forever," shifting 155,000, and Korn's "Untitled" album started at No. 2 (123,000). The top three albums each sold more than 100,000.