'Now' again in slow week
Only two albums debut in top 40In a slow week for new releases and overall sales, the "Now 24" hits compilation stays atop the Billboard 200 for a second week despite a 58% drop in U.S. sales to 89,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending April 15.
Tim McGraw's Curb set "Let It Go" holds at No. 2 on 66,000 sold, while Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal) jumps from ninth to third with 60,000.
There are some bright spots on this week's chart, however, led by Nebraska rock troupe Bright Eyes. The Conor Oberst-led band earns its best sales and charting week as "Cassadaga" bows at No. 4 with 58,000 units.
Timbaland's Mosley Music Group/Interscope set "Timbaland Presents Shock Value" parks at No. 5 for a second week, also with 58,000, only a few dozen short of Bright Eyes' total. Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut climbs a notch to No. 6 with 54,000 copies sold, while Beyonce's "B'Day" (Sony Urban) dips a rung to No. 7 on 51,000 scanned. Martina McBride's "Waking Up Laughing" (RCA) descends four spots to No. 8 with 50,000.
Metal supergroup HellYeah, featuring members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface, bows at No. 9 with its self-titled Epic debut, moving 45,000. It and "Cassadaga" are the only albums to enter in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 this week.
Alison Krauss' "A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection" (Rounder) holds tight at No. 10 with 42,000.
Album sales are down 23.8% from last week's total at 8.05 million units and down 32% compared with the same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.