'Hannah Montana' trumps My Chem at No. 1
Walt Disney Records scores another TV-driven smash this week, as its soundtrack album for Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1.
The kid-pop album, featuring Miley Cyrus (daughter of '90s country hitmaker Billy Ray Cyrus), reaches the chart pinnacle with first-week sales of 281,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Oct. 29.
This potent debut further solidifies Disney's TV soundtrack record for the year: Its "High School Musical" is 2006's best-selling album to date, with sales totaling 3.2 million, while its "Cheetah Girls 2" has moved a strong 590,000.
My Chemical Romance's "The Black Parade" (Reprise) bows at No. 2 with a strong 240,000-unit bow. The New Jersey emo-punk quintet's ambitious, much-anticipated third album, produced by the band and "American Idiot" helmer Rob Cavallo, has drawn strong early reviews.
John Legend's "Once Again" (Columbia), the sequel to his much-praised 2005 debut "Get Lifted," enters at No. 3. This year's Grammy winner as best new artist reaped initial sales of 231,000 units.
Filling out the top five are Justin Timberlake's soul-pop opus "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive), which sits tight at No. 4 with 89,000 sold, and vampy goth-rock unit Evanescence's "Open Door" (Wind-up), which loses three positions, arriving at No. 5 with a 78,000-unit week.
Driven by the ubiquitous single "Lips of an Angel," Oklahoma rock band Hinder's "Extreme Behavior" (Universal) continues to inch its way up through the top 10, gaining a slot at No. 6 with 69,000 sold.
Diddy's "Press Play" (Bad Boy) topples six rungs from its No. 1 debut, arriving at No. 7 with a 65% drop in sales. The rapper sometimes known as Sean Combs garnered sales of 60,000 in his second week.
Timeless pop singer Tony Bennett's star-filled "Duets: An American Classic" (Columbia) gains one position, hitting No. 8 on sales of 53,000.
Rebounding into the top 10 once again after more than a year on the chart, Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" gains five slots and reaches No. 9. The rockin' pride of Canada sold 49,000.
Las Vegas' Killers hold steady at No. 10; their sophomore release "Sam's Town" (Island) reaped sales of 47,000, marking a 24% decline.
Other top 20 debuts include hip-hopper Jibbs' "Jibbs Feat. Jibbs" (No. 11, Geffen, 47,000 sold), country perennial Alabama's "Songs of Inspiration" (No. 15, RCA Nashville, 44,000), rapper Lil Boosie's "Bad Azz" (No. 18, Asylum, 41,000), and country vocalist Taylor Swift's self-titled album (No. 19, Big Machine, 39,000).
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