Lavigne 'Best' stays No. 1 for 2nd week


NEW YORK -- Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second week straight, despite a 58% drop in sales. The RCA effort sold 122,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

R&B singer Joe's sixth full-length set, "Ain't Nothing Like Me" (Jive), bows at No. 2 with 98,000, which ties his previous charting best. "My Name Is Joe" also came in at No. 2 in 2000, and his last release, 2003's "And Then...," debuted with 121,000 units but made it only to No. 26 during a busy holiday retail season.

After entering at No. 2 last week, Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero" (Nothing) slips to No. 3 with 58,000, a 69% sales decrease. The "NOW 24" hits compilation slides 3-4 with 55,000 (-19%) while Daughtry's self-titled RCA set climbs 7-5 with 49,000 (-7%). Akon's SRC/Universal set "Konvicted" keeps the No. 6 spot warm for a second week with 45,000, a 12% decline.

British rock troupe Arctic Monkeys enters the chart with their sophomore set "Favorite Worst Nightmare" at No. 7. The Domino album moved 44,000 units, a significant increase from the No. 24 / 34,000 that greeted last year's "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not." Sales for "Worst Nightmare" were fueled in part by the album's first single, "Brianstorm," which sits on top of the Hot Singles Sales tally.

In its 76th week on the chart, Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" (Arista Nashville) ascends 9-8 with a -2% sales shift, also with 44,000. Martina McBride's "Waking Up Laughing" slips 5-9 with 37,000 (-33%) and Tim McGraw's "Let It Go" falls 8-10 with a few dozen sales short of "Waking Up Laughing," also with 37,000 (-28%).

Neil Sedaka makes his return to the chart for the first time since 1980's "In the Pocket" with his hits compilation "The Definitive Collection" (Razor & Tie) at No. 22. The set sold 24,000 and is his highest charting album since 1975's "The Hungry Years" peaked at No. 16. Another veteran act, Donny Osmond, enters at No. 27 with the Decca effort "Love Songs of the '70s," moving 22,000; his last album to go higher was 1973's "Alone Together," which peaked at No. 26.

Other big debuts this week include Chuck Brown's "We're About the Business" (Raw Venture, No. 37, 17,000), metal act Dimmu Borgir's "In Sort Diaboli" (Nuclear Blast America, No. 43, 14,000), Calle 13's "Residente O Visitante" (Sony International, No. 52, 12,000), Porcupine Tree's "Fear of a Blank Planet" (Atlantic, No. 59, 11,000) and Patti Smith's covers set "Twelve" (Columbia, No. 60, 11,000).

Album sales are down 5.8% from last week's total at 7.69 million units and down 19.2% compared to the same week last year. Overall sales are down 16.7% compared to last year at 151.6 million units.