'Montana' edges Manilow for 2nd week at No. 1
EmptyBarry, meet Hannah. Walt Disney Records' "Hannah Montana" soundtrack fends off a strong challenge from Barry Manilow's "The Greatest Songs of the Sixties," the biggest of six fresh top 10 entries, to retain the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week.
The Miley Cyrus-led collection of songs from the Disney Channel's hit series retains a narrow hold on the chart pinnacle, selling 203,000 copies in its second week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Nov. 5.
Veteran pop vocalist Manilow's "The Greatest Songs of the Sixties" (Arista), featuring diverse covers of vintage hits by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Frankie Valli, the Righteous Brothers and others, sold 202,000, narrowly missing Manilow's second consecutive No. 1 debut. His "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties" entered at No. 1 in January and has sold more than a million copies to date; it re-enters the chart at No. 116 this week.
The rap duo of Birdman & Lil Wayne powers in at No. 3 with "Like Father, Like Son" (Cash Money/Universal Motown). Former Big Tymers member Birdman and ex-Hot Boys member and solo star Wayne drew a first-week tally of 176,000 units.
Grammy-winning R&B sophomore John Legend's "Once Again" (Columbia) loses one notch in its second week, dropping to No. 4 with 115,000 sold. Justin Timberlake's lubricious "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) also slips one position to No. 5, moving a still-solid 86,000 copies in its eighth chart week.
Last week's "Hannah Montana" victim, big-sounding New Jersey emo unit My Chemical Romance's "The Black Parade" (Reprise), falls four slots to No. 6 with a 64% sales decline to 86,000 units.
"Endless Wire" (Universal Republic), the first studio album in 24 years by English superpower the Who, arrives at No. 7 with debut sales of 81,000. The band, fronted by founding singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, is in the midst of an American tour.
Another veteran rocker, Meat Loaf, swoops in at No. 8 with "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose" (Virgin). The bombastic singer's third collaboration with lyricist Jim Steinman -- a sequel to the hit 1977 and 1993 installments -- turned 81,000 units.
"American Idol" also-ran Kellie Pickler joins the horde of grads from the Fox talent competition who have checked in with a top 10 album: Her countrified debut, "Small Town Girl" (BNA), moves in at No. 9 with 80,000 sold.
Aggro Northern California aggregation Deftones bow at No. 10 with their fifth album, "Saturday Night Wrist" (Maverick). The quartet's collection sold 76,000.