'HSM2' busy in 4th period


In a quiet week for new releases, the soundtrack to Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" remains atop the Billboard 200 for a fourth week, outselling its nearest rival by more than 3-to-1.

The set moved 165,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending Sept. 9 to become the first album to rule the big chart for four consecutive weeks since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" in March 2005.

Despite a slight sales decrease to 49,000, Fergie's "The Dutchess" (Interscope) continues to rebound, moving up three spots to No. 2, the highest ranking for the album in its 51 weeks on the chart. Miley Cyrus' Walt Disney double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus" climbs a rung to No. 3 with 47,000, and after bowing at No. 2 last week, Casting Crowns' "The Altar and the Door" (Reunion) falls to No. 4 with 41,000.

Equal Vision act Chiodos' "Bone Palace Ballet" is the only debut within the top 40 on the chart, entering at No. 5 with 39,000. The rock act's third effort easily trumps the No. 164 bow and peak of 2006's "All's Well That Ends Well."

New Line's "Hairspray" soundtrack stays put at No. 6 for a second week with 39,000, while the "Now 25" hits compilation remains at No. 7 for a second week with 38,000.

As the single "Rockstar" continues to climb the Billboard charts, Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" (Roadrunner) prolongs its return to the top 10. The six-times-platinum album rises two notches to No. 8 with 36,000. Amy Winehouse's Universal Republic set "Back to Black" climbs four places to No. 9 with 29,000, while Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/ Warner Bros.) ascends one spot to No. 10 with 28,000.

Album sales were down 3.8% compared with last week's sum at 7.35 million units and down 22.7% from same week last year.