'Dreamgirls' holds at No. 1 as sales lag
EmptyAnother week, another record-low sales tally for a No. 1 album in an overall weak frame.
Sony's "Dreamgirls" soundtrack remains atop the Billboard 200 for a second week. The set, featuring performances by Beyonce and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Hudson, moved 60,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Jan. 7. It sold 66,000 copies last week to register the lowest sales total for a No. 1 title since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. And the album's sales slid 9% this week.
Akon's SRC/Universal release "Konvicted" holds the No. 2 spot for a third week with 55,000 units scanned, while Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) continues to rebound, moving up a spot to No. 3, with 51,000. Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut dips a notch to No. 4 with 50,000 sold.
The soundtrack to the Disney Channel movie "Jump In!" bows at No. 5 with 49,000 units shifted. The album features the telefilm's star, Corbin Bleu, who was part of last year's "High School Musical" juggernaut, along with tracks by Drew Seeley, Jeannie Ortega and the film's co-star, Keke Palmer.
Beyonce's "B'Day" re-enters the top tier with a five-rung leap to No. 6 in its 19th chart week, selling 41,000. The Sony-distributed hits compilation "Now 23" falls two slots to No. 7 on 38,000 sold.
The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol set "Love" climbs a rung to No. 8 with 37,000, while Young Jeezy's Def Jam album "The Inspiration" slips two to No. 9 with 36,000. Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" rounds out the top 10 in its 67th chart week, surging eight spots on 35,000 units sold.
Overall, album sales are down 14% from last week's total and down 13.8% compared with the same week a year ago at 8.09 million units. Sales so far this year are down 16% compared with 2006 at 17.5 million units.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.