Maxwell Tops Billboard 200

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Maxwell makes big news on the Billboard 200 albums chart, entering at No. 1 with "BLACKsummers'night" and a career-high sales week of 316,000. It's his second chart-topper. The singer's last set, 2001's "Now," also opened at No. 1 with a then-best 296,000 copies sold.

The "Hannah Montana" parade on the Billboard 200 continues as the TV soundtrack "Hannah Montana 3" bows at No. 2 with 137,000. Earlier this year, the "Hannah Montana: the Movie" film soundtrack started at No. 2 with 139,000. The first two "Hannah" TV soundtracks both reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 back in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Rock band All Time Low has its all-time high week as "Nothing Personal" enters at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 63,000. It's the group's best sales week and highest charting album. The Hopeless Records' band took its last album, "So Wrong, It's Right," to No. 62 back in 2007.

As for the rest of the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, the "Now 31" compilation slips two spots to No. 3 with 101,000 (down 41%), while the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." holds on at No. 5 with 63,000 (down 10%). Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night" falls four positions to No. 6 with 44,000 (down 66% in its second week) while Rob Thomas' "Cradlesong" also falls four rungs to No. 7 with 41,000 (down 66% in its sophomore frame). Taylor Swift's "Fearless" climbs three slots to No. 8 with 36,000 (up 1%), Eminem's "Relapse" stands still at No. 9 with 34,000 (down 12%) and Jonas Brothers' "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" slips two spots to No. 10 with 34,000 (down 19%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 12) totaled 7.27 million units, up 4.5% compared to the sum last week (6.96 million) and down 0.75% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (7.33 million). Year to date album sales stand at 188.7 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year (219.5 million).