T.I. remains No. 1 on Billboard 200


NEW YORK -- T.I.'s "T.I. vs. T.I.P." maintains its lead on the Billboard 200 for a second week after moving 175,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a 63% drop from the album's debut week total of 468,000.

Alternative rock veterans the Smashing Pumpkins return after a seven-year absence with "Zeitgeist" (Martha's Music/Reprise), the chart's top debut at No. 2. The effort sold 145,000 units and ties 1998's "Adore" as the second best charting album of the group's career. The double-disc "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" bowed at No. 1 on the chart in 1995.

Miley Cyrus' double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus" (Disney) slips from No. 2 to No. 3 this week with 128,000 units, a sales decrease of 32%.

Right behind is Interpol's major-label debut "Our Love to Admire" (Capitol) at No. 4 with 73,000. The rock quartet has had increasing success with each new release: its 2002 Matador debut "Turn on the Bright Lights" peaked at No. 158 and has gone on to sell 464,000 units, while 2004's "Antics" debuted at No. 15, selling 63,000 in its first week.

"American Idol" star Kelly Clarkson's RCA album "My December" falls from third to fifth with 59,000 (a drop of 48%) while Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" (Island) follows suit, descending from fourth to sixth with 55,000 (a 41% decline).

Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) climbs two rungs from No. 9 to No. 7despite a 4% decrease in sales to 54,000. Meanwhile, Fergie's solo debut re-enters the top tier with the aid of her new single "Big Girls Don't Cry," ascending from No. 11 to No. 8 in its 43rd week on the chart with 50,000 (a drop of 5%). Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal) falls from eighth to ninth with 49,000 (a 15% slide).

Indie rock act Spoon scores its highest charting and best sales week yet with its sixth full-length, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga." The set debuted at No. 10 with 46,000. The Merge band's only other album to chart on the Billboard 200 was its last, 2005's "Gimme Fiction," which opened No. 44 with 20,000. Like that set, "Ga" enters at the summit of the Top Independent Albums chart.

Pop duo Aly & AJ's "Insomniatic" (Hollywood) shifts 39,000, enough for a No. 15 entry on the big chart. The duo has charted twice before, first with the studio set "Into the Rush" (No. 36 in 2005) and the holiday effort "Acoustic Hearts of Winter" (No. 78 in 2006).

Other big debuts this week include the soundtrack to the upcoming movie "Hairspray" (New Line) at No. 20 with 37,000, Bad Religion's "New Maps of Hell" (Epitaph) at No. 35 with 21,000, the soundtrack to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Warner Bros.) at No. 43 with 16,000 and Crowded House's reunion set "Time on Earth" (ATO) at No. 46, also with 16,000.

Sales this week are down 4.9% compared with last week's sum at 8.3 million units and down 10.8% compared with the same week last year.