'Glee' tops Billboard again
'Journey' races past 'Eclipse' soundtrack to No. 1Camp rock beats vamp rock.
In a first-week battle of young-skewing phenoms, the latest compilation of music from Fox's breakout hit "Glee" rather surprisingly topped the "Eclipse" soundtrack, with the former racing past biz prognostications.
The six-song EP "Glee: The Music -- Journey to Regionals" moved 152,000 units, compared with 144,000 for the latest "Twilight" sequel, which came in near the low end of expectations. It's the third consecutive No. 1 for the "Glee" franchise, whose three full-length albums and two EPs have sold a combined 2.2 million units since November.
Both of the previous "Twilight" film soundtracks -- the original in 2008 and "New Moon" last year -- reached No. 1, but "Eclipse" is unlikely to match that feat. New albums by Drake this week and Eminem next should see to that.
Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera's fourth English-language studio album, "Bionic," bows at No. 3 with 110,000. Her most recent set, 2006's double disc "Back to Basics," opened at No. 1 with 346,000.
Three other albums arrive in the top 10 this week: rapper Plies' "Goon Affiliated" (No. 5, 56,000 units), country act Dierks Bentley's "Up on the Ridge" (No. 9, 38,000) and pop songstress Jewel's "Sweet and Wild" (No. 10, 31,000).
Overall album sales were up 6% from last week at 5.5 million units but down 14% from the same frame last year, when the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." bowed with 304,000.