What a week for 'Juno'
A b.o. milestone, chart-topping discThe little indie comedy topped $100 million at the boxoffice Sunday, and now the soundtrack to Fox Searchlight's "Juno" completes a stunning rise to the top of the Billboard 200.
The 19-track album spans six decades — from Buddy Holly and the Kinks to Sonic Youth and Belle & Sebastian. After inching up from No. 3 two weeks ago then to No. 2, it becomes the first chart topper in Rhino Records' 30-year history.
"Juno" is the first soundtrack to reach the summit since "Dreamgirls" spent two weeks at No. 1 a year ago. It's the first companion to a best picture Oscar nominee to reach the top since "Titanic" 10 years ago. With a solid lock on No. 1 at the iTunes Store and no huge releases streeting this week, "Juno" has a good chance to hold its spot.
Elsewhere, Natasha Bedingfield bows at No. 3 for the week ending Jan. 27. Fueled by the top 20 single "Love Like This," which is still rising after 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, "Pocketful of Sunshine" marks the British singer-songwriter's best sales and chart week.
Originally titled "N.B.," the set bowed in April in Europe but was greeted by mediocre sales and failed to produce major hit singles. The U.S. version of the album includes only a half-dozen songs from "N.B." and adds seven recently recorded tunes, including "Love Like This."
It's been good week for Cat Power, too. The Georgia-born singer-songwriter also posts chart and sales bests with her Matador album "Jukebox," which bows at No. 12 on 29,000 units sold. She also has a remake of "Sea of Love" on the "Juno" soundtrack.
Overall album sales are up 4.7% from last week at 7.3 million units but off 14.1% from the same week in 2007.
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.