"Honey, Honey," let's talk about a "Super Trouper" of an album. The "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack has been "On And On And On" the Billboard 200 for a month already and this week, "The Winner Takes It All," as the set finally hits No. 1. "Thank You for the Music" indeed! ... Last week's chart topper, Sugarland's "Love on the Inside," slips to No. 3, while Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" holds at No. 2 ... Meanwhile, Lloyd and Heidi Newfield start in the top 10 while Keith Anderson, Conor Oberst and Trapt bow in the top 20 ... We've also got updates on Randy Newman, Lewis Black, the Faint and more.
It's all about ABBA this week. The soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" climbs from No. 3 to No. 1 in its fifth chart week to crown the Billboard 200 for the first time (131,000; down 5%). It's the second theatrical soundtrack to reach No. 1 this year, following "Juno" back in January ... When was the last time the Billboard 200 saw two theatrical film soundtracks reach No. 1 for the first time in the first eight months of the year? Way back in 1998, when "Titanic," "City of Angels" and "Armageddon" all climbed to the top. (If you guessed 2003, you weren't far off. While both "8 Mile" and "Bad Boys II" were No. 1s that year, "8 Mile" first hit No. 1 in late 2002.)
Get this: ABBA has never had a top 10 album on the Billboard 200. The pop act's highest charting set is 1978's "The Album," which peaked at No. 14 ... As a consolation, ABBA can look to any number of other Billboard charts this week and find themselves at No. 1. Why look, on Top Pop Catalog albums, its their greatest hits package "Gold" at No. 1 with 33,000 (up 37%). Over on Top Internet Albums, the "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack is tops with 5,000 and a 30% increase. But wait, there's more. Obviously, "Mamma Mia!" is No. 1 on Top Soundtracks, but over on Top Cast Albums, the Original Cast Recording of the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" continues to reign at No. 1 (8,000; down 13%).
Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" slips from No. 1 to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 91,000 (down 47%) while Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" holds at No. 2 (102,000; down 37%) ... Next week, "Mamma Mia!" will undoubtedly get replaced at No. 1 by Jonas Brothers' sure-to-be-big "A Little Bit Longer."
Lloyd sees his third album, "Lessons in Love," start at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 51,000. His last set, 2007's "Street Love," bowed at No. 2 with 144,000 ... former Trick Pony vocalist Heidi Newfield strikes out on her own as her solo debut "What Am I Waiting For" lands at No. 10 on the big chart and at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 34,000 ... Keith Anderson notches his highest charting album and best sales week as "C'mon!" debuts at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Top Country Albums with 32,000. His last offering, 2005's "Three Chord Country and American Rock and Roll," debuted and peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard 200 and No. 12 on Top Country Albums with 16,000 ... At No. 15 on the Billboard 200, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst sees his self-titled solo effort enter with 29,000 ... A few steps down the tally, Trapt's "Only Through the Pain" climbs in at No. 18 with 25,000. The band's last set, 2005's "Someone in Control," began at No. 14 with 61,000.
At No. 21, the "Total Dance 2008" DJ-mixed compilation shifts 23,000 in its first week and instantly becomes the highest charting album for both the ThriveDance and Thrive labels ... With Randy Newman's bow at No. 30 with "Harps and Angels" (16,000), the veteran singer-songwriter scores his highest debut ever on the Billboard 200 and his charting album since 1977's "Little Criminals" peaked at No. 9. On top of that, the 16,000 entry also marks Newman's best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 ... Having departed from its longtime home at Saddle Creek Records, the Faint (No. 46) now has its own imprint and opens with its best sales week (11,000) and a new chart high ... At No. 64, comedian Lewis Black sees his sixth full-length album start with a career-high 9,000. The hefty bow was helped by the recent second-season premiere of his Comedy Central series "Root of All Evil."
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||3||SOUNDTRACK Mamma Mia! (Decca )||*11||14||JONAS BROTHERS Jonas Brothers (Hollywood )|
|2||2||MILEY CYRUS Breakout (Hollywood )||*12||New||KEITH ANDERSON C'MON! (Columbia (Nashville) / SBN)|
|3||1||SUGARLAND Love On The Inside (Mercury Nashville / UMGN)||13||11||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 28 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)|
|4||4||KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)||14||8||KIDZ BOP KIDS Kidz Bop 14 (Razor & Tie )|
|5||5||LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG)||*15||New||CONOR OBERST Conor Oberst (Merge )|
|6||7||COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol )||16||13||TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )|
|*7||New||LLOYD Lessons In Love (Young-Goldie / The Inc. / Universal Motown / UMRG)||17||10||NAS Untitled (Def Jam / Columbia / IDJMG)|
|8||9||SOUNDTRACK Camp Rock (Walt Disney )||*18||New||TRAPT Only Through The Pain... (Eleven Seven )|
|*9||12||RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)||19||6||THIRD DAY Revelation (Essential )|
|*10||New||HEIDI NEWFIELD What Am I Waiting For (Curb )||20||15||KATY PERRY One Of The Boys (Capitol )|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 7.16 million units
DOWN 2.7% from last issue's charts: 7.35 million units
DOWN 10.9% from same week, 2007: 8.03 million units
This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on The Billboard 200: UGK bowed atop the list, selling 160,000 of its "Underground Kingz" set. In second place was the arrival of Plies' "Real Testament," shifting 96,000. At No. 5, Jonas Brothers' self-titled sophomore effort started with 69,000. The previous week's No. 1, Common's "Finding Forever," slipped to No. 7 with 58,000 (down 63% in its second week). Only the No. 1 album sold more than 100,000.
The No. 200 album this week, Puddle of Mudd's "Famous" (Flawless/Geffen/IGA), sold 3,000.
The No. 200 album for the same week of 2007, Casting Crowns' "Lifesong" (Beach Street/Reunion), sold 4,000.
Average total of the No. 200 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 5,282.
At No. 40 on the Billboard 200, Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty" takes a 15% gain in sales following his Aug. 7 performance on NBC's "Today." Meanwhile, his "Never Would Have Made It" single reigns at No. 1 for a 46th week on Gospel Songs ... Down at No. 183, Tokio Hotel's "Scream" re-enters with a 29% gain -- and its best sales week since June -- after a three-day stand on MTV's "TRL" last week.
Bonjour! France's first lady Carla Bruni bows at No. 195 on the Billboard 200 with "Comme Si De Rien N'Etait." She earns her best sales week ever as the set shifts 3,000 in its third week of release and and jumps 4-1 on Top World Albums. It also debuts at No. 8 on Top Heatseekers and No. 35 on Top Independent Albums. The set experiences a 220% increase in sales this week, thanks to the physical release of the set. It had been available only as a digital download in its first two weeks of release.
Leona Lewis extends the unprecedented run of success by female artists at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, as "Bleeding Love" ends a nine-week wait at No. 2 with a rise to the top. That marks the 33rd consecutive week that women have ruled the Adult Contemporary roost, following reigns by Colbie Caillat (19 weeks) and Sara Bareilles (13).
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer," Yung Berg's "Look What You Made Me," Daddy Yankee's "Talento De Barrio," the soundtrack to "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the soundtrack to Toby Keith's film "Beer for My Horses" and New Kids on the Block's "Greatest Hits."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack charged in at No. 1 with 615,000 while the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds set "Live at Radio City Music Hall" started at No. 3 with 70,000. Only the No. 1 album sold more than 100,000.