Miley Cyrus lands her second No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as “Breakout” (Hollywood) bows with 371,000 U.S. copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s the second-biggest sales week of the year for a female artist, following the 463,000 debut of Mariah Carey’s “E=MC2” (Island).
Cyrus’ last album, the half soundtrack, half studio set “Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus” (Hollywood/Walt Disney), started at No. 1 last summer with 326,000.
The first “Hannah Montana” soundtrack, which launched her recording career, also bowed at No. 1 in 2006, with first-week sales of 281,000. It went on to be the best seller of that year’s fourth quarter with less than three months of shelf life.
Debuting in the runner-up slot on The Billboard 200 is country duo Sugarland with the deluxe version of “Love on the Inside” (314,000). It’s easily the Mercury Nashville act’s best sales week and highest charting album ever. The band’s previous high came with 2006’s “Enjoy the Ride,” which debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 211,000.
Sugarland also enjoys the best sales week for any country act since the Eagles’ “Long Road Out of Eden” (ERC) shifted 359,000 in its second week of release last fall.
Sugarland has another reason to celebrate, as “Love on the Inside” becomes its first No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The duo’s first two sets, “Twice the Speed of Life” and “Enjoy the Ride,” peaked at Nos. 3 and 2, respectively.
Next week will mark an interesting sales test, as the standard edition of “Love on the Inside” bowed in stores today (July 29); those sales will be merged with the deluxe edition’s total next week. The standard edition lacks five bonus tracks found on the deluxe version.
With an 84% sales boost, the Decca soundtrack to “Mamma Mia!” moves 168,000 copies, remaining at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 for a second week. Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Atlantic) continues to resurge 6-4 with a 26% increase to 93,000. Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal) dips 2-5 with 85,000 (-19%).
Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Capitol) descends 4-6 with a 17% decrease to 75,000, while the Jonas Brothers-led soundtrack to Disney’s “Camp Rock” falls 5-7 with 67,000 (-15%). After bowing at the summit last week, Nas’ untitled Def Jam album slips to No. 8 with a 66% sales decrease to 63,000.
The multi-label “Now 28” hits compilation re-enters the top tier 11-9 despite a 8% sales reduction to 37,000. Taylor Swift’s Wal-Mart exclusive EP/DVD “Beautiful Eyes” rounds out the top 10, falling 9-10 with 35,000 (-13%).
After its free online release in May, Nine Inch Nails’ latest album, “The Slip,” debuts at No. 13 after a physical release via the Null label. The set sold 29,000 copies; it was expanded to a double-disc, digipak set, individually numbered and limited to a pressing of 250,000 globally.
One Day As A Lion, the collaboration between Rage Against the Machine’s Zach de la Rocha and ex-the Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, bows at No. 28 with its self-titled Anti- EP, which sold 17,000.
Other debuts to crack the top 50 include the reunited Candlebox’s “Into the Sun” (Silent Majority/ILG, No. 32, 14,000) and R&B singer Noel Gourdin’s “After My Time” (Sony Urban, No. 36, 14,000).
Blues legend Buddy Guy earns his highest charting album ever as “Skin Deep” (Zomba) enters at No. 68 with nearly 9,000. It’s also the best sales week for the artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
At 7.84 million units, sales this week are up 4.8% from last week’s sum and down 1.6% from the same week last year.