"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 153,000 copies (up 33%) in its first full week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Summit/Chop Shop/Atlantic album, which features music by Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke and the Killers, arrived on the chart last week with 115,000 after an early release last Friday (Oct. 16) pushed it onto the list with just three days of sales.
"New Moon" is the second soundtrack this year to top the Billboard 200, following the "Hannah Montana: the Movie" album on the chart dated May 2. "New Moon" is, of course, the sequel to "Twilight," which saw its soundtrack debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 less than a year ago, on the tally dated Nov. 22, 2008, with 165,000.
Tim McGraw's tenth studio album, "Southern Voice," arrives in the runner-up slot at No. 2 with 137,000 copies. That's quite a chunk from the 325,000 copies that greeted the country king's last studio set, 2007's "Let It Go." In fact, "Southern Voice's" arrival marks the lowest debut sales week for a McGraw studio album since his 1995 set "All I Want" began with 110,000 at No. 4. However, "Southern's" sales are enough to give McGraw the No. 1 slot on Top Country Albums -- his 12th topper on that list.