Soundtrack to New Film musical at No. 1
“Hairspray” was the big winner on the Nielsen SoundScan chart this week.Soundtrack to the New Line pic sold 101,000 copies, pushing it from No. 4 to No. 2. Collection of tracks from the musical remake has jumped 18 slots in the last two weeks. But the numbers weren’t good enough to take the top spot away from the 25th edition of “Now: That’s What I Call Music.” Sales of the compilation, which includes songs from Avril Lavigne and Fall Out Boy, slipped from 223,000 copies to 149,000 — sufficient to keep the album atop the charts for the second week in a row. Sales of the “Now” compilation have flagged of late, with the 24th edition raking in sales of about 1 million, less than half that of its immediate predecessor. Rounding out the top three was new Prince disc “Planet Earth,” which netted sales of 96,000. Columbia release garnered heavy publicity when it was given away for free Sunday in the Mail newspaper in the U.K. Soundtracks to other Hollywood properties continue to perform well. “Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus,” a tie-in to the popular Disney Channel skein, remained in the top five; it sold 92,000 copies, good enough for the fourth slot. And one of the strongest debuts of the week came from the soundtrack to Picturehouse release “El Cantante.” Album, on which star Marc Anthony sings a bevy of songs from salsa legend Hector Lavoe, sold 19,000 copies, enough to put the Sony release at No. 33. T.I.’s “T.I. vs. T.I.P.” saw sales drop off 31%. But the hip-hop artist hung on to the No. 5 slot with 64,000 copies sold. Punk-pop act Plain White T’s “Every Second Counts” showed the biggest jump of any album in the top 20, riding sales of 39,000 to jump from No. 21 to No. 10. And fellow punk-poppers Sum 41 had a strong launch for release “Underclass Hero,” which debuted at No. 7 with 44,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, Fergie’s “The Dutchess” actually gained 6% in its whopping 45th week on the charts, landing at No. 6 with 52,000 sold. Album has now moved more than 2.3 million copies. And Amy Winehouse is just 50,000 shy of a platinum album for her buzzed-about U.S. debut “Back to Black,” which sold 45,000 copies, good enough for the No. 9 slot. Record has sold 950,000 copies in its five months of release.
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