'Dreamgirls' is historically soft No. 1
EmptyIn a slow week for sales and new releases, the Sony soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" became the first film soundtrack to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in 2002.
But with 66,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Jan. 7, "Dreamgirls" registered the lowest sales total for a No. 1 album since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
Every title in the top 10 experienced a sales hit of more than 25%. Overall, album sales are down 35% from last week's total and 22% compared with the same week a year ago.
Akon's SRC/Universal release "Konvicted" holds at No. 2 for a second week with 64,000 copies scanned, while Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut jumps eight spots to No. 3 with 56,000.
"FutureSex/LoveSounds" by Justin Timberlake (Jive) rises four rungs to No. 4, shifting 52,000, and the Sony-distributed compilation "Now 23" moves up one spot to No. 5 on 48,000 units sold.
Walt Disney Records' "Hannah Montana" soundtrack jump four notches to the No. 6 spot, selling 46,000 copies. A pair of rap acts are next: Young Jeezy's "The Inspiration" (Def Jam) falls two rungs to seventh with 45,000 units sold, while Nas' "Hip Hop Is Dead" shifted about 200 fewer to land at No. 8, falling four spots.
The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol set "Love" rebounds from No. 13 to No. 9 on 44,000 sold. And After bowing at No. 1 last week, Omarion's "21" (Epic) dives to No. 10 with 42,000 copies scanned. Only one new title cracked the chart's top 50: Carly Simon's covers album "Into White" (Columbia) enters at No. 15.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.