A hoedown for 'Hannah' soundtrack


In its fourth week on the Billboard 200, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack reaches No. 1 for the first time, vaulting to the top of the chart with sales of 133,000 units, Nielsen SoundScan said.

Although that represents a 32% decline compared with the previous week's haul of 196,000, it is enough to take the top spot, with sales powered by the film's April 10 opening in theaters.

The "Hannah" album, from Disney, fended off the second chart week of Rascal Flatts' "Unstoppable" (No. 3 with 107,000; down 69%) and the debut of Day26's Bad Boy set "Forever in a Day" (No. 2 with 113,000). "Unstoppable," on the Lyric Street label, arrived at No. 1 last week with 351,000.

"Hannah Montana" is the first soundtrack to top the Billboard 200 this year. Last year, three did the trick: "Juno," "Mamma Mia!" and "Twilight."

The only other debut in the top 50 comes from Silversun Pickups, which sees its Dangerbird album "Swoon" arrive at No. 7 with a career-high sales week of 43,000. The band's first release, 2006's "Carnavas," peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard 200.

Year-to-date album sales stand at 111.7 million, down 12.3% compared with last year (127.3 million).

Keith Caulfield is an analyst at Billboard.