Nov 19th, 2008 // 4 Comments

The Twilight soundtrack, which brings Paramore together with Iron & Wine for maybe the first time ever, held its own in its second week on the Billboard 200, selling 107,000 copies and coming in at No. 5 on the big board. Its attached movie opens this Friday. Will we actually see a very-rare third-week bounce in album sales? Will seven days of Twilight numbers outdraw W. Axl Rose’s Sunday sales? Time will tell, but in case you’re still as confused about the blood-sucking phenomenon as I still am, Idolator’s parent company has put together a huge package on the YA sensation-turned-teen flick. [Buzznet]

  1. Anonymous

    Aren’t Paramore and Iron & Wine both from Florida? I’m beginning to see a connection here. I predict a collaborative covers record by the end of 2009.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    Sorry to repeat myself, but the next two weeks are going to be the most interesting in the album-sales horserace since Kanye v. Fitty 14 months ago.

    Beyoncé’s slated to pull the kind of total that would make her No. 1 (already a bit of a surprise to me — I was convinced Nickelback coming back from the decade’s biggest rock album would make them a shoo-in). Anyway, she’s expected to do a half-million.

    So: does GnR do better than a half-mil at Best Buy in one day on Sunday?

    (Personally, I still doubt it — last month, AC/DC, with a similar exclusive at Wal-Mart, pulled less than 200,000 in its first day — but there are no precedents, literally, for Chinese Democracy.)

    Does David Cook compete seriously with Nickelback for No. 2?

    As Maura asks above, does Twilight get a weekend bounce similar to GnR’s first sale day?

  3. Maura Johnston

    @Chris Molanphy: hits weighs in:

    I Am… Sasha Fierce, will debut at #1 with 500-550k in sales, according to those hardy retailers who still have their doors open…

    The real tussle will be right below that for #2, as a debuting RCA/RMG’s David Cook and Roadrunner’s Nickelback go head-to-head with this week’s chart-topper, Big Machine’s Taylor Swift, in her second week. All look to be in the 300k range, mas o menos.

    Syco/Columbia’s Il Divo, Simon Cowell’s tenor heartthrobs, are in the 100-125k range.

  4. DocStrange

    Well, it looks like I won’t be able to do anything involving chart news on my blog anymore. It seems that Billboard.com has gotten itself infected by “Antivirus 2008″, a known rogue spyware removal (essentially, a virus that proclaims its an antivirus. It has a Wikipedia page and everything). My firewall and antivirus software throws up warnings on the Billboard.com site now. So, i’m pretty much screwed huh?

    It might be fixed by the time you read this, but for awhile, AVG was not letting me on the site.

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