ABBA tops Billboard 200 for first time
Soundtrack to 'Mamma Mia!' hits No. 1 this weekNEW YORK -- It took five weeks, but the ABBA-led soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" has ascended to the summit of the Billboard 200. Moving 130,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Decca effort climbs 3-1 and becomes the second soundtrack this year to take No. 1, behind Rhino's "Juno" soundtrack in January.
The film soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!" also crowns Top Internet Albums and Top Soundtracks, while the original cast recording of the stage musical continues its reign on Top Cast Albums for a third week.
The last year two or more soundtracks earned the top spot on the Billboard 200 was in 1998, when "Titanic," "City of Angels" and "Armageddon" all had their turn at No. 1.
ABBA has never had a top 10 album on the Billboard 200; the Swedish pop act's highest charting set is 1978's "The Album," which peaked at No. 14. However, the group is No. 1 on Top Pop Catalog albums with its greatest hits package "Gold," which jumps 37% to 33,000 copies.
Miley Cyrus' "Breakout" (Hollywood) sits at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 for a second week after a 37% sales decrease to 102,000 copies. Last week's chart-topper, Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" (Mercury Nashville), falls to No. 3 with 91,000, a 47% sales slide, while Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus" (Atlantic) takes a 6% sales hit to 90,000 and holds steady at No. 4 for a third week.
Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" remains at No. 5, also for a third week, after selling 67,000 (a decline of 15%). Despite a 21% sales loss to 55,000, Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Capitol) climbs a notch from No. 7 to No. 6.
R&B star Lloyd's third album, "Lessons in Love" (The Inc./Universal Motown), is this week's hottest debut, bowing at No. 7 with 51,000. His last set, 2007's "Street Love," began at No. 2 with 144,000.
The Jonas Brothers-led soundtrack to Disney's "Camp Rock" ascends from No. 9 to No. 8 with 47,000 (an 18% drop). Rihanna's newly reissued "Good Girl Gone Bad" climbs back into the top tier from No. 12 to No. 9 on a 18% sales surge to 44,000; the album likely picked up steam from the latest single "Disturbia," which climbed from fourth to third on the Hot 100 with a bullet last week.
Former Trick Pony vocalist Heidi Newfield's Curb solo debut "What Am I Waiting For" lands at No. 10 with 34,000. The album also lands at No. 2 on Top Country Albums.
Another country artist, Keith Anderson, notches his highest charting album and best sales week with the Columbia effort "C'mon!," which debuts at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 with 32,000. His last offering, 2005's "Three Chord Country and American Rock and Roll," debuted and peaked at No. 77.
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst's self-titled solo debut for Merge begins with 29,000 at No. 15. Moving 25,000 copies, Eleven Seven rock act Trapt's third studio effort "Only Through the Pain" bows at No. 18. The second volume of "Total Dance 2008" (Thrive/Red) bows at No. 21 (23,000) and features Stryker's remix of hits like Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" and Missy Elliott's "Shake Your Pom Pom."
Other debuts this week include Hawthorne Heights' "Fragile Future" (Victory) at No. 23 with 20,000, country singer Jamey Johnson's "That Lonesome Song" (Mercury Nashville) at No. 28 with 17,000, rock act Norma Jean's "Anti Mother" (Tooth & Nail) at No. 29 with 16,000 and Randy Newman's "Harps and Angels" (Nonesuch) at No. 30, also with 16,000.
At 7.16 million units, sales this week are down 2.7% from last week's sum and down 10.9% from the same week last year.