Omarion rings out the old with second straight No. 1

Week sees record 30 mil downloads

Omarion landed his second consecutive No. 1 solo album as his new Epic disc "21" topped the post-Christmas Billboard 200. The former B2K singer's album moved 119,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Dec. 31.

In a week in which digital track sales hit an all-time high and single-week sales of digital albums crossed the 1 million plateau for the first time, overall album sales fell by more than half from the holiday-fueled previous week. But the chart saw a number of major gains by several albums.

Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/ Universal) jumped eight spots to No. 2 despite a sales decline of more than 50% to 112,000 units scanned, while Sony's "Dreamgirls" soundtrack rocketed from No. 31 to No. 3 on 104,000 sold.

Also, Def Jam star Young Jeezy's "The Inspiration" rebounded 13 spots to No. 5 on 92,000 copies sold, and the Eminem-led collection "Eminem Presents: The Re-Up" zoomed 17 spots to No. 7, moving 84,000 units.

Last week's No. 1, Nas' "Hip-Hop Is Dead" (Def Jam), drooped to No. 4 on 101,000 sold, while the Sony-distributed compilation "Now 23" fell three rungs to No. 6, shifting 89,000.

Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) inched up a rung to No. 8, selling 83,000 copies.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ciara's "Ciara: The Evolution" (LaFace), which climbed two spaces to No. 9 on 79,000 units sold, and Walt Disney Records' "Hannah Montana" soundtrack, which plummeted eight spots to 10th, selling 78,000.

Overall, album sales were down 55% from last week's total and 15.5% compared to the same week a year ago at 14.17 million units. Final sales totals for 2006 were down just shy of 5% compared to 2005 at 588 million units.

Meanwhile, digital track sales set a record in the week after Christmas with 30.1 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The flurry of downloading in the final week of the year marks a 51% jump from the 19.9 million digital tracks sold during the same seven-day span a year ago.

Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard. Brian Garrity contributed to this report.
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