Buble Stays On Top, 'New Moon' Grabs No. 2 On Billboard 200
The penthouse of the Billboard 200 chart is still a bit "Crazy," as Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" retains the No. 1 slot for a second week. The album's first full week in stores keeps it firmly in the penthouse with 203,000 copies sold (up 55%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
This marks Bublé's second-best sales week ever. His best week came when "Call Me Irresponsible" started with 213,000 in 2007.
"Crazy's" second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 blocks the "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack from the top slot, as it bows at No. 2 with 115,000 copies. The album was rushed forward from its original Tuesday, Oct. 20 street date to a release on Friday, Oct. 16 in order to combat leaks.
The second-biggest debut this week comes from the Flaming Lips with their new release "Embryonic," which starts at No. 8 with just under 32,000, giving the band its highest charting album. The Flaming Lips' last album, "At War With the Mystics," debuted and peaked at No. 11 in 2006 with 48,000 in its first week.
Mario's fourth album, "D.N.A.," enters at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 with almost 32,000 copies and also bows at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It's the singer's second top 10 on the former list and his first since his self-titled debut peaked at No. 9 way back in 2002. Mario's last effort, 2007's "Go," peaked in its debut week at No. 21, but with a much larger sales total of 77,000, boosted by its release during the holiday season.
Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" moves up two slots to No. 3 with 55,000 (down 15%) while Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer" holds at No. 4 with 49,000 (down 34%). Miley Cyrus' "The Time of Our Lives" skips up three rungs to No. 5 with 40,000 (down 15%) while the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." zooms from No. 23 to No. 6 with just under 40,000 (up 56%).
Taylor Swift's "Fearless" moves up 10 slots to No. 7 with 33,000 (up 7%) after she stopped by "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Oct. 14. Finally, Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" falls three places to No. 10 with 31,000 (down 43%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 18) totaled 5.84 million units, down 7% compared to the sum last week (6.27 million) and down 11% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.53 million). Year to date album sales stand at 275.6 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year (318.3 million).