Tweensville idols feel metal's wrath
EmptyWorlds collide this week as squeaky-clean Disney pop kneels before dark, menacing metal.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift continues her dominance of the Billboard 200, racking up an 11th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 with "Fearless," the biggest album of the decade chartwise. U2's "No Line on the Horizon" will end Swift's run next week.
But back to that second-place upset. Lamb of God — the Virginia metal band that changed its name from Burn the Priest a decade ago — scores its best sales week and chart showing with "Wrath," relegating "Jonas Brothers: Music From the 3D Concert Experience" to third.
Many expected the Jonas Brothers soundtrack to bow at No. 1, given the band's enormous popularity and the album's release coinciding with the movie's opening. But the concert film also underperformed during the weekend. The question must be lurking in Burbank: Has tweensville's beloved brother act peaked?
The movie business makes another showing at No. 4 as the soundtrack to "Slumdog Millionaire" rides its Oscar bounce up 18 spots to reach a new peak in its 10th chart week. It had been as high as No. 16. The big move was fueled in part by several days as the most-downloaded album at the iTunes Store. (partialdiff)