Jones' `Late' falls to second spot

The debut album from Daughtry returned to No. 1 as the former “American Idol”-ist swapped slots with Norah Jones’ “Not Too Late” (Blue Note).

“Daughtry” (RCA) sold 90,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Jones’ “Not Too Late” moved 74,000. Jones sold about 400 more copies than the third-place finisher, Akon’s “Konvicted” (SRC/Universal).

Oscarcast aided the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack, which rose eight slots to No. 8 on sales of 45,000. Album was the only one in the top 50 to post sales gain from the week before. The “Collector’s Edition” of the soundtrack rose 16 slots to No. 112 on sales of 7,000.

There were only two debuts in the top 50: B.G. and the Chopper City Boyz’s “We Got This” (Chopper City/Koch) at No. 20 (27,000) and a new edition of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Let Love In” (Warner Bros.) at No. 48 (15,000).

Sales were again down from the same week a year ago, this time an astonishing 23%. Arcade Fire’s “The Neon Bible” (Merge), one of the year’s most anticipated albums, is a likely contender for the No. 1 slot next week. Korn’s “MTV Unplugged” and a new album from Air are also expected to chart well.

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