The latest installment in the Now series–which features songs that you’re already sick of like “Girlfriend,” “Beautiful Liar,” and (seriously) Daughtry’s “Home”–debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 223,000 copies to take the top spot. T.I.’s T.I. vs. T.I.P., the champ for the past two weeks, drifted down to No. 3, taking a 47% sales hit and moving 94,000 units.
Biggest Debuts: MySpace sensation turned Universal signing Colbie Caillat sold 51,000 copies of her debut album Cocoa, and entered the charts at No. 5. (Guess those 13,000-some-odd friends she had back in November were real–more than half of her sales (29,000) came through digital channels, and she topped the digital albums chart.) And emo-kids-with-a-violin Yellowcard (remember them?) sold 40,000 copies of their new album, Paper Walls, which put them at No. 13 for the week.
Notable Jumps: Bolstered by sales of Hannah Montana 2, no doubt, the soundtrack to the first Miley Cyrus Disney flick inched up the chart to No. 23 on a five percent sales gain. And the High School Musical soundtrack continued its creep back up the charts, shooting to No. 52 on a 47% sales increase. (It was actually tied with John Mayer’s Continuum, which also saw a 16% sales gain.) On the flip side, the TV exposure afforded by the Super Sweet 16 movie couldn’t help Aly & AJ, whose album Insomniatiac took a 47% sales hit and dropped to No. 31 from No. 15.
Dropping Off: After debuting at No. 2 last week, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Zeitgeist saw its sales tallies drop a whopping 71%, and the album dropped to No. 12 on 42,000 units shifted. Interpol’s Our Love to Admire plunged from No. 4 to No. 26 on a 69% drop, and New Wave by Against Me! plunged to No. 160 from No. 57, selling 4,600 copies (a 63% drop).
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: This week’s No. 3 digital track? Akon’s apologetic “Sorry (Blame It On Me),” which sold 102,000 copies. Just wait until it shows up on Now 27!
“Now 25″ Scores 12th No. 1 Album Of The Series [Billboard]