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Chicks 'Long Way' stays atop disc chart

The Dixie Chicks held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week as their latest Wide Open/Columbia release, “Taking the Long Way,” sold 271,000 copies in its second stanza.

The 48% sales drop from the album’s debut week improved upon the 53% dip the Chicks’ last album, “Home,” took in its second frame. “Home” held on to the top slot for three weeks in 2002; “Long Way” will get a healthy challenge from AFI’s “decemberunderground,” which was released Tuesday.

Top 100 saw no debuts and only five discs with sales increases from the previous week.

James Blunt’s “Bedlam” (Atlantic) rose 16 slots to No. 9 on sales of 51,000 in a week that saw him perform three songs on NBC’s “Today” show. “Oral Fixation Vol. 2,” by Shakira, whose “Hips Don’t Lie” set a record for most plays on radio in a week (9,657), rose three slots to No. 10 on sales of 50,000. Disc’s cume is 1.1 million.

Other risers in the top 50 were Panic! at the Disco’s “Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” which spiked by 4,000 units to 34,000 at No. 16; Ne-Yo’s “In My Own Words,” up 4,000 to 27,000 at No. 25; and Sugarland’s “Twice the Speed of Life,” rising 2,500 to 19,000 (No. 44).

Disney juggernaut “High School Musical” held on to No. 2 with sales of 103,000. Cume has hit 2.3 million. Second week of “Season 5: Encores,” by the “American Idol” finalists, slid 56%, selling 68,000 units and dropping two slots to No. 5.

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