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Despite a 40% decline in sales in its sophomore week, the soundtrack to Disney Channel’s “High School Musical 2” moved more than six times more units as its closest competitor to remain atop the Billboard 200. The set sold 367,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending Aug. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The sequel’s soundtrack has sold nearly 1 million copies since its Aug. 14 release, and the sales decrease is the smallest second-week falloff for an album that started with 500,000 or more since Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down” declined by only 36% in February 2004.
Meanwhile, Talib Kweli earns his first top 10 album with “Ear Drum,” which bows at No. 2 with 60,000. The Blacksmith Music/Warner Bros. effort also provides the rapper with his best sales and charting week yet.
Miley Cyrus’ Walt Disney double-disc set “Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus” slips a spot to No. 3 with 58,000. Another soundtrack, New Line’s “Hairspray,” climbs one rung to No. 4 despite a 17% sales dip with 53,000, swapping spots with the “Now 25” hits compilation (52,000). Fueled by the popularity of the current single “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Fergie’s double-platinum “The Dutchess” (will.i.am/A&M/Interscope) continues its rebound, up one notch to No. 6 with 50,000 in its 49th chart week.
He’s helmed hits for such artists as Beyonce, T.I. and Jay-Z, but now producer Swizz Beatz earns his own album chart ink with his debut set, “One Man Band Man.” The Full Surface/Universal Motown album moved 45,000 copies to land at No. 7
San Diego rock act As I Lay Dying easily scores its best debut with “An Ocean Between Us,” which opens at No. 8 with 39,000. The Metal Blade act previously topped out at No. 35 with 2005’s “Shadows Are Security.”
Nickelback’s Roadrunner set “All the Right Reasons” already has sold more than 6 million copies, and now it re-enters the top tier in its 99th chart week, jumping four notches to No. 9 with 39,000.
UGK’s “Underground Kingz” (Jive) round out the top 10, slips four spots with 35,000.
Eclectic Interscope artist M.I.A. arrives at No. 18 with her sophomore album, “Kala,” which moved 29,000. Other big debuts this week include Cartel’s self-titled Epic album, which was written, recorded and produced inside of a bubble for MTV reality show “Band in a Bubble.” The album bows at No. 20 with 28,000.
Album sales this week are down 4.9% compared with last week’s sum at 8.05 million units and down 15.6% from same week last year.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.
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