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It’s sibling revelry on the Billboard 200 this week as Jonas Brothers storm the chart with the third-biggest debut of 2008.
“A Little Bit Longer” is the multimedia Disney stars’ first No. 1. It moved 525,000 units for the week ending Aug. 17 — 38% of which came on its first day. The only bigger bows this year came from the dueling summer tentpoles: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (1.1 million) and Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” (721,000).
But that’s not all. Jonas Brothers’ eponymous second disc rises a notch to No. 10 in its 54th chart week, marking the first time in almost a decade that a group has had two albums in the top 10 simultaneously. The last collective to pull that off? ‘N Sync in January 1999. But one of those albums was a holiday collection; you have to go back to February 1998 for a group placing two studio set in the top tier, when Spice Girls turned the trick with “Spice World” and “Spice.”
For the record, brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas also appear on the “Camp Rock” soundtrack, which holds at No. 8 this.
And quick: Name the last all-brother act to top the big chart. Hanson? Mmmm — nope, “Middle of Nowhere” topped out at No. 2. The Bee Gees’ “Greatest” spent a week at No. 1 way back in January 1980.
The week also represents a chart first: The top seven albums all have spent time at No. 1. It’s the first time that has happened since Billboard began publishing its all-encompassing pop albums chart in 1963.
Elsewhere, New Kids on the Block’s “Greatest Hits” arrives at No. 22 with 19,000 units sold. It’s the Kids’ first appearance on the Billboard 200 since “Face the Music” spent its final week on the list March 19, 1994. The revived group’s new album “The Block” arrives Sept. 5 via Interscope.
Overall album sales were 7.3 million, up 2.5% from the previous week but down 13.4% from the same frame in 2007.
Meanwhile, the Journey resurgence continues — this time in the singles arena. The veteran band’s “After All These Years” rises to No. 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart, marking its first top 10 single on any Billboard chart since 1996.
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.
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