Jones stays tight at No. 1 amidst slow sales week


In a slow week for sales and new releases, Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" crowns The Billboard 200 for a third, non-consecutive week. The Blue Note effort slid 53% in sales, moving 100,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Not Too Late" is the first album to score three weeks at No. 1 since the "Now 22" compilation last summer.

Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut climbs 9-2, though sales fell 17% at 84,000 copies, while "Infinity on High" by Fall Out Boy ascends 5-3 with 79,000 (-33%).

The 11th installment of Razor & Tie's popular "Kidz Bop" series bows at No. 4 with 75,000. The set becomes the fifth consecutive regular "Kidz Bop" release to debut in the top 10 of The Billboard 200. Featured are covers of Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away" and Beyonce's "Irreplaceable." The last release, "Kidz Bop 10," provided the best sales week yet for the series, opening at No. 3 with 117,000.

Akon's "Konvicted" (Universal Motown) re-enters the top tier, moving 73,000 (+5%) copies for an 11-5 gain. Robin Thicke's "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" (Star Trak/Interscope) stays put at No. 6 with a 41% decrease to 68,000. Justin Timberlake's Jive set "FutureSex/LoveSounds" similarly keeps the No. 7 spot warm with 62,000 (-42%).

Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled Capitol debut falls 4-8 with 56,000 (-53%) while Gerald Levert's "In My Songs" (Atlantic) dips 2-9 with 55,000 (-67%).

Former dc Talk member tobyMac earns his highest charting solo album and sales week with the ForeFront effort "Portable Sounds," which starts at No. 10 with 51,000. He also scores his first No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart. His last studio set, 2004's "Welcome To Diverse City," debuted and peaked at No. 54 on The Billboard 200 with 21,000. Two of dc Talk's records, 1995's "Jesus Freak" and 1998's "Supernatural," debuted in the top 20 of The Billboard 200: the former started at No. 16 with 86,000 and the latter at No. 4 with 106,000.

Only three other records bowed in the top 100 of the chart this week. Christian rock act Anberlin's "Cities" bows at No. 19 with 34,000. The group's last set, 2005's "Never Take Friendship Personal" (Tooth & Nail) debuted and peaked at No. 144. Texas instrumental rock act Explosions In The Sky earns its first chart ink ever with "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone" (Temporary Residence Limited) at No. 76 with 11,000. The Ataris' "Welcome the Night" (Sanctuary) debuts at No. 85 with 10,000.

Album sales are down 17.1% from last week's total at 9.18 million units and down 17.3% compared to the same week last year. Overall albums sales for the year are down 15.2% from the year before at 73.6 million units.