Now that’s more like it. After debuting at #2 last week, the soundtrack to the upcoming “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon,” will take its rightful place atop the Billboard 200 chart next week thanks to more than 153,000 vampire and werewolf-loving shoppers. In its first full week in stores, the star-packed soundtrack outsold the #2 debut of country stalwart Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice (137,000) and also pushed chart champ Michael Bublé’s Crazy Love down to #3 (102,000), according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Plucky one-man electro-emo act Owl City, continuing an amazing march up the charts thanks to the hit single “Fireflies,” finally broke into the top 10 after more than three months of steady sales increases, leaping 12 spots to #8 on sales of 28,000 (an increase of more than 30 percent). The only other new entry in the top 10 is the latest from British hippie chick Joss Stone, whose Colour Me Free just makes the cut at #10 with sales of 27,000.
The rest of the top 10: Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 (#4, 43,000); Miley Cyrus’ Time of Our Lives (#5, 39,000); the Black Eyed Peas’ E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#6, 35,000); Taylor Swift’s Fearless (#7, 34,000) and Barbra Streisand’s Love Is the Answer (#9, 28,000).
Just outside the top 10, German industrial metal act Rammstein have a surprisingly strong bow at #13 with their sixth album, Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da (translation: There Is Love for Everyone). Mariah Carey’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel drops out of the top 10 after just a month, falling to #14 with 21,000 sold. New Zealand’s finest, comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, fly into the #19 spot with their second full-length, I Told You I Was Freaky (20,000), featuring such instant classics as “Hurt Feelings,” “Sugalumps” and “You Don’t Have to Be a Prostitute.”
As Paramore crank their live show back up, their Brand New Eyes continues its chart descent, dropping another nine spots to #25 after a month in stores with another 17,000 units moved, as sales passed the 250,000 mark. Another act taking a chart swoon is Mario, whose D.N.A. dives more than 30 spots in week two to #40 (12,000) as sales dipped 63 percent. Just behind are Oklahoma sonic experimentalists the Flaming Lips, who crash from their #8 bow, dropping to #51 with Embryonic (10,000).
There should be plenty of shake-ups at the top next week with the chart debut of the “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” soundtrack, as well as a soul covers album from Rod Stewart, a Jack Johnson acoustic disc, Creed’s comeback album and the deluxe re-issue of Swift’s Fearless.