'New Moon' Rises To No. 1 on Billboard 200

'New Moon' Rises To No. 1 on Billboard 200
Ryan Russell

Death Cab for Cutie

"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.

Joss Stone's Target and iTunes-exclusive "Colour Me Free" is the Billboard 200's second-highest debut this week, arriving at No. 10 with 27,000 copies. The Virgin set returns the U.K. singer to the tally for the first time since 2007, when "Introducing Joss Stone" debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 118,000.

German rock band Rammstein notches its highest charting album ever, as "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" bows at No. 13 with 22,000 copies. Previously, the group's best rank came with its 1998 chart debut "Sehnsucht," which peaked at No. 45 off the strength of its only U.S. radio chart hit, "Du Hast."

After reigning for two weeks at No. 1, Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" slips two slots to No. 3 with 102,000 (down 50%), while Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" falls one spot to No. 4 with 43,000 (down 22%). Miley Cyrus' "The Time Of Our Lives" holds at No. 5 with 39,000 (down 3%), the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." stays steady at No. 6 with 35,000 (down 11%) and Taylor Swift's "Fearless" is also a non-mover at No. 7 with 34,000 (up 2%).

Bounding up the chart is Owl City's "Ocean Eyes," which jumps from No. 20 to No. 8 with 28,000 and a 31% increase. The set is powered by Owl City's hit single "Fireflies," which climbs to No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart this week with 196,000 (up 26%).

Rounding out the top 10 holdovers is Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer," which drops five rungs to No. 9 with just under 28,000 (down 44%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 25) totaled 5.73 million units, down 2% compared to the sum last week (5.84 million) and down 19% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (7.07 million). Year to date album sales stand at 281.2 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year (325.4 million).

As previously reported, next weeks Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard 200 will likely be Michael Jackson's "This Is It," the companion set to the documentary film of the same name. Industry prognosticators suggest that "This Is It" -- which was released on Monday (Oct. 26) -- could shift 300,000 copies by week's end on Sunday (Nov. 1) night.