'Twilight' trumps AC/DC on album chart

Year's third No. 1 soundtrack posts huge download figures

NEW YORK -- The soundtrack to "Twilight" starts atop the Billboard 200 this week, becoming the third No. 1 soundtrack this year after "Juno" and "Mamma Mia!"

The Chop Shop/Atlantic set moved 165,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, of which 29% (48,000) were digital downloads, the second-biggest digital week for a soundtrack since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album download sales in 2004. "High School Musical 2" bowed with 62,000 downloads in August 2007.

"Twilight," released in advance of the movie's U.S. theatrical premiere Nov. 21, boasts tracks from Linkin Park, Muse and Paramore. The Summit Entertainment release is based on Stephenie Meyer's popular vampire-themed book series.

Last week's No. 1, AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia), drops to No. 2 with 160,000 copies on a sales decrease of 41%. The soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 3" stays tight at No. 3 for a second week with a 32% slip to 110,000 copies.

Moving 81,000 copies, Hinder's sophomore Universal album "Take It to the Limit" bows at No. 4, besting the No. 6 peak of the band's 2005 debut, "Extreme Behavior." But that effort went on to spend a whopping 96 weeks on the chart on its way to selling 2.7 million copies.

Pink's LaFace/Zomba set "Funhouse" falls from No. 2 to No. 5 with 73,000 copies (-60%), while John Legend's Columbia set "Evolver" is down from No. 4 to No. 6 with 72,000 copies (-46%). Despite a 10% sales slip, T.I.'s Grand Hustle/Atlantic album "Paper Trail" keeps the No. 7 spot warm for a second week with 69,000 copies.

Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli arrives at No. 8 with "Incanto" (Decca), shifting 62,000 copies. His previous studio effort, "Amore," began at No. 3 with 113,000 copies in 2006.

Brad Paisley's mostly instrumental Arista Nashville album "Play" starts at No. 9 with 54,000 copies. On Top Country Albums, it arrives at No. 1, Paisley's fourth chart-topper there. Rascal Flatts' "Greatest Hits Volume 1" (Lyric Street) rounds out the top tier on the Billboard 200, slipping from No. 6 to No. 10 with 39,000 copies (-56%).

Other debuts include Sarah Brightman's "A Winter Symphony" (Manhattan/EMI) at No. 38 with 14,000 copies and the Starbucks holiday compilation "Winter Wonderland" at No. 42 with 12,000 copies.

Overall album sales during this chart week came in at 7.02 million units, up 1% from the previous week but down 29% from same week last year.
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