'HSM2' keeps No. 1 spot in slow week


NEW YORK -- In a quiet week for new releases, the soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 2" remains atop of the Billboard 200 for a fourth week. The set moved 165,000 copies in the U.S., a 22% decrease from last week's total. It's the first album to rule the roost on the big chart for four weeks straight since March 2005, when 50 Cent's "The Massacre" was at the summit.

Despite a 4% decrease to 49,000, Fergie's "The Dutchess" (Interscope) continues to rebound, moving from fifth to second, the highest rank yet for the album in its 51 weeks on the chart. Miley Cyrus' Disney double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus" climbs 4-3 with 47,000, despite a 20% sales dip. After bowing last week at No. 2, Casting Crowns' "The Altar and the Door" (Reunion) falls to No. 4 with 41,000 (a 69% drop).

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" with 6,000.

New Line's "Hairspray" soundtrack stays put at No. 6 for a second week with 39,000 (a decline of 13%) while the "Now 25" hits compilation remains at No. 7 for a second week with 38,000 (a 14% drop).

As the single "Rockstar" continues to climb the Billboard charts, Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" (Roadrunner) prolongs its return to the top tier on the Billboard 200. The album rises 10-8 with 36,000, an 8% sales decrease. Amy Winehouse's Universal Republic set "Back to Black" climbs from No. 13 to No, 9 with 29,000 (a 2% increase), while Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) ascends 11-10 with a 6% sales hit to 28,000.

New at No. 41 is Every Time I Die's "The Big Dirty" (Ferret) with 14,000, a significant upgrade from the No. 71 peak of 2005's "Gutter Phenomenon." Christian group Israel & New Breed's "A Deeper Level: Live" (Sony) bows at No. 48 with 12,000.

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