'Kidz,' Daughtry have solid week
Another 100,000 copies of Norah Jones’ “Not Too Late” (Blue Note) were sold in the week that ended Sunday, allowing the thrush to sit at No. 1 for a third, nonconsecutive week.Sales of “Not Too Late,” which now has a cume of 953,000, slid by more than half from last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as the top 50 greeted only two newcomers. “Kidz Bop 11″ (Razor & Tie) debuted at No. 4, selling 75,000 copies. Diskery has made a habit of releasing the kid-oriented collection of cover versions each February, when the majors are generally staying out of the new release bins, and again in August, when they can cover the summer blockbusters. It is a fifth consecutive top 10 debut for Kidz Bop; “10” opened at No. 3 on sales of 117,000, “9” opened at No. 2. Christian rocker tobyMac, formerly in the band dc Talk, debuted at No. 10, selling 51,000 copies of latest, “Portable Sounds” (ForeFront). His old band had two top 20 albums; his debut solo disc only hit No. 54. Another Christian rock band, Anberlin, was the only other top 50 debut, as its “Cities” (Tooth & Nail) sold 34,000 copies to debut at No. 19. Band used its MySpace page to stream the album prior to its release. Sales of all albums in the top 10 slid, but Daughtry managed to keep his dip to 17%, allowing his RCA debut to rise seven slots to No. 2. Disc sold 84,000 copies. The only disc in the top 50 to see an increase of sales was Akon’s “Konvicted” (Universal Motown). Album rose six slots to No. 5 on sales of 73,000.
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