Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1
Rebounding 5-2 with a frame of 196,000 (up 126%) is the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney). The title, which started at No. 2 (136,000) two weeks ago, benefits from the movie's first-place showing at the box office ($34 million) in its first week of release.
A pair of debuts earn the next two spots: Jadakiss claims his third consecutive top five as "Last Kiss" (Ruff Ryders/D-Block/Def Jam/IDJMG) opens at No. 3 (135,000). The rapper last hit in July 2004 when "Kiss of Death" started at No. 1 with a career-high 246,000 units. Right behind is Jason Aldean, who matches his previous best Billboard 200 rank with his biggest one-week sum to date as "Wide Open" (Broken Bow) pops on at No. 4 with a tally of 109,000. Aldean's last set, "Relentless" also began at No. 4 in June 2007 with a 98,000 unit week.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10, "Now 30" (UMe) slips 4-5 on sales of 99,000 (up 12%). Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) vaults 10-6 moving 82,000 units (up 98%). The title has spent all but one of its 22 chart weeks inside the top 10. Last week's No. 1, Keith Urban's "Defying Gravity" (Capitol Nashville) tumbles to No. 7 as it shifts 72,000, a decrease of 58%. Down a place to No. 8 is the "Twilight" (Summit/Chop Shop/Atlantic) soundtrack, which moves another 68,000 (down 7%). Plunging 2-9 is Prince's Target exclusive triple-disc set "Lotus Flow3r/MPLSound/Elix3r" (NPG). The collection, which includes one-disc from Prince protégé Bria Valente dips 60% to 66,000. Next up is Lady GaGa's "The Fame," (Streamline/KonLive/Cherrytree/Interscope) which slips 9-10 despite a 9% climb to 56,000 units.
Thanks largely to a combination of the April 5 airing of the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS and the Easter holiday, sales are at 7.83 million units this week, up 6% from last year's 7.36 million units. This week's tally is 10% higher than last week's 7.11 million units.