'HSM2' Act 3 draws crowd

Holds at No. 1; four bow in top 10

For a third week in a row, Disney's "High School Musical 2" soundtrack is No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first album to do so since Rascal Flatts' "Me and My Gang" in early 2006.

"Musical 2" sold 210,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending Sept. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album already has shifted more than 1.19 million units since its Aug. 14 release.

There are four debuts in the top 10 this week, led by Christian act Casting Crowns' "The Altar and the Door" (Reunion) at a career-best No. 2. The album sold 129,000 copies, also a record for the Atlanta-based septet. "Altar" is the group's third studio album and easily surpasses its previous chart high, No. 8 with "Lifesong" (71,000) in 2005.

Yung Joc's "Hustlenomics" lands at No. 3 on 69,000 copies sold. The Bad Boy set matches the Billboard 200 debut position of his first album, 2006's "New Joc City."

Miley Cyrus' Disney/Hollywood double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" falls a notch to No. 4 in its 10th chart week, despite a slight sales increase to 58,000. Fergie's "The Dutchess" (Interscope) rebounds a spot to No. 5 with a 400-copy increase to 51,000, while New Line's "Hairspray" soundtrack descends two rungs to No. 6 on 45,000. The "Now 25" compilation is down two slots to No. 7 (44,000).

New at No. 8 is Atreyu's first Hollywood album, "Lead Sails Paper Anchor," which opens at a career-high No. 8 with 43,000. The band's 2006 studio set, "A Death-Grip on Yesterday," bowed at No. 9 with 67,000. Right behind, Ben Harper scores his second top 10 album as "Lifeline" (Virgin) starts at No. 9 with 41,000. His 2006 "Both Sides of the Gun" debuted at No. 7 with 59,000.

Also new this week are Lyle Lovett's "It's Not Big It's Large" (No. 18, Lost Highway, 25,000), Kottonmouth Kings' "Cloud Nine" No. 44, Suburban Noize, 14,000) and rapper Aesop Rock's "None Shall Pass" (No. 50, Definitive Jux, 13,000).

Meanwhile, Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal) soars from No. 64 to No. 23 this week thanks to the release of an expanded edition of the album with several new songs. Sales jumped 112% to more than 22,000 copies in the album's 42nd chart week.

Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard.
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