'Twilight' album goes for the jugular

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The undead walk among us, but album buyers aren't fazed.

The vampire flick "Twilight" doesn't arrive until Nov. 21, but the soundtrack already is making a racket on the Billboard 200. The multiple-artist disc bows at No. 1 with 165,000 units sold, narrowly dethroning two-week champ AC/DC's "Black Ice."

"Twilight," which features the new Paramore single "Decode," is the third movie companion to top the chart this year following "Mamma Mia!" and "Juno."

"I am so pleased that the album is connecting so well with Twi-hards," said producer and Chop Shop Records chief Alexandra Patsavas, who compiled the "Twilight" soundtrack. "The tracks were carefully chosen for the movie and reflect the characters and story line."

Patsavas will be part of a panel today at The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference, which runs through Friday at Sofitel in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, "Black Ice" has sold more in its first three weeks (1.2 million) than the total sales of the past two AC/DC studio albums: 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip" (901,000) and 1995's "Ballbreaker" (1.1 million).

Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.
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