Pumpkins can't top 'T.I.P.'
Alt faves' reunion disc bows secondT.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P." maintains its lead on the Billboard 200 for a second week after moving 175,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers for the week ending July 15. That's a 63% drop from the album's debut-week total of 468,000.
Alternative rock veterans Smashing Pumpkins return after a seven-year absence with "Zeitgeist" (Martha's Music/Reprise), the chart's top debut at No. 2. The effort sold 145,000 units and ties 1998's "Adore" as the second-best-charting album of the Billy Corgan-fronted group's career. The double-disc "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" bowed at No. 1 in 1995.
Miley Cyrus' double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" (Walt Disney) slips a rung to No. 3 this week with 128,000 units.
Right behind is Interpol's major-label debut "Our Love to Admire" (Capitol) at No. 4 with 73,000. The rock quartet has had increasing success with each new release: Its 2002 Matador debut "Turn on the Bright Lights" peaked at No. 158 but has gone on to sell 464,000 units, while 2004's "Antics" debuted at No. 15, selling 63,000 in its first week.
"American Idol" star Kelly Clarkson's RCA album "My December" falls two notches to No. 5 with 59,000, followed by Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" (Island), which also drops two spots to No. 6 with 55,000.
Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) climbs two rungs to No. 7 despite a slight decrease in sales to 54,000. Meanwhile, Fergie's solo debut re-enters the top tier with the aid of her new single "Big Girls Don't Cry." The album ascends three slots to No. 8 in its 43rd chart week with 50,000. Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal) dips one notch to No. 9 with 49,000.
Indie rock act Spoon scores its highest-charting and best sales week yet with its sixth full-length, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga." The set debuted at No. 10 with 46,000. The Merge band's only other album to make the Billboard 200 was 2005's "Gimme Fiction," which opened No. 44 with 20,000.
Pop duo Aly & AJ's "Insomniatic" (Hollywood) shifts 39,000, enough for a No. 15 entry on the big chart. Other big debuts this week include the soundtrack to the upcoming movie "Hairspray" (New Line, No. 20, 37,000), Bad Religion's "New Maps of Hell" (Epitaph, No. 35, 21,000), the soundtrack to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Warner Bros., No. 43, 16,000) and Crowded House's reunion set "Time on Earth" (ATO, No. 46, 16,000).
Sales this week are down 4.9% compared with last week at 8.3 million units and down 10.8% compared to the same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.