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Tween tops ‘Sixties’

Manilow disc can't edge 'Montana'

The ’60s delivered more sales for Barry Manilow than the ’50s, but he came up a thousand sales short of dethroning the “Hannah Montana” soundtrack atop the nation’s album chart.

Soundtrack to the Disney series held onto the top slot by selling 203,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, dropping a mere 28% from its debut sesh.

Manilow’s “The Greatest Songs of the Sixties” (Arista) sold 202,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a tally 30% higher than the opening week of “The Greatest Songs of the Fifties.” “Fifties” debuted at No. 1 on sales of 156,000 when released in early February.

“Sixties” got a head start on its competition when Manilow performed on cabler QVC and sold 43,000 pre-orders of the disc in an hour on Oct. 21. Album premieres appeared online at AOL, MSN and Clearchannel.com; singer registered more than a dozen recent TV appearances on shows including “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” “Rachael Ray” and “The Megan Mullally Show.”

A rapping duo, a legendary classic rock act, the third installment of rock landmark, an “American Idol” fave and a hard rock act also debuted in the top 10.

Birdman (the CEO of Cash Money Records, Bryan Williams) and Cash Money superstar rapper Lil Wayne sold 176,000 copies of their joint disc “Like Father, Like Son.” Lil Wayne hit No. 2 with “Tha Carter Vol. 2” in December.

The Who’s first studio album since 1982’s “It’s Hard,” “Endless Wire” (Universal Republic), opened at No. 7, selling 81,000. Disc is the band’s ninth studio album to land in the top 10. “It’s Hard” hit No. 8, 1981’s “Face Dances” No. 4. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and their band of hired hands started the third leg of their tour over the weekend and will perform 20 more U.S. dates through Dec. 11.

Meat Loaf, having made nice with songwriter Jim Steinman, hit No. 8 with “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose” (Virgin), selling 81,000 copies. The original, released in the pre-SoundScan era, reached No. 14 in 1978; the second volume, “Back Into Hell,” hit No. 1 in 1993. To promote the disc, Meat Loaf performed a single show — at Broadway’s Palace Theater. He has a U.K. tour scheduled for May.

Kellie Pickler, the naive Southern blonde from last season’s “American Idol,” saw her debut album “Small Town Girl” (BNA) premiere at No. 9 on sales of 79,000. Tally was the best single week for a new country artist this year.

“Saturday Night Wrist,” the fifth album from the Deftones, opened at No. 10 on sales of 76,000. Album is their fourth to land in the top 30.

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