Nobody's keeping up with Jones
EmptyIn a slow week for sales and new releases, Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" tops the Billboard 200 for a third nonconsecutive week. The Blue Note effort slid 53% in sales, moving 100,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan for the week ending Feb. 25. "Not Too Late" is the first album to log three weeks at No. 1 since the "Now 22" compilation in the summer.
Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut rockets seven spots to No. 2, though sales fell 17% to 84,000 copies, while Fall Out Boy's "Infinity on High" ascends two places to No. 3 with 79,000.
The 11th installment of Razor & Tie's popular "Kidz Bop" series bows at No. 4 with 75,000 units scanned. The set, which features covers of Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away" and Beyonce's "Irreplaceable," becomes the fifth consecutive regular "Kidz Bop" release to debut in the top 10. The August release "Kidz Bop 10" provided the best sales week yet for the series, opening at No. 3 with 117,000.
Akon's "Konvicted" (Universal Motown) re-enters the top tier, moving 73,000 copies to move up six spots to No. 5. Robin Thicke's "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" (Star Trak/ Interscope) holds at No. 6 with 68,000. Justin Timberlake's Jive set "FutureSex/LoveSounds" similarly keeps the No. 7 spot warm with 62,000.
Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled Capitol debut falls four rungs to No. 8 with 56,000, while Gerald Levert's posthumous "In My Songs" (Atlantic) falls to No. 9 on 55,000 units sold after bowing at No. 2 last week.
Former dc Talk member tobyMac earns his highest-charting solo album and sales week with the ForeFront effort "Portable Sounds," which starts at No. 10 with 51,000. Only three other records bowed in the top 100 of the chart this week: Christian rock act Anberlin's "Cities" bows at No. 19 with 34,000; Texas instrumental rock act Explosions in the Sky earns its first chart ink ever with "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone" (Temporary Residence Limited), at No. 76 with 11,000; and the Ataris' "Welcome the Night" (Sanctuary) debuts at No. 85 with 10,000.
Album sales are off 17.1% from last week's total at 9.18 million units and down 17.3% compared with the same week last year. Overall albums sales for the year are down 15.2% from the year before at 73.6 million units.
On the soundtrack chart, Columbia Records' "Dreamgirls" holds at No. 1 in its 12th chart week. The album featuring Beyonce and supporting actress Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson should see a sales bump after three songs from the film were performed Sunday during the 79th Annual Academy Awards.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.