McBride's 'Laughing' off to great start

Last week’s top two albums swapped slots atop the nation’s sales charts as Vol. 24 of “Now! That’s What I Call Music” saw only a 7% drop in its second stanza.

“Now!” sold 213,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily besting Tim McGraw’s “Let It Go” (Curb), which dipped to No. 2, selling 177,000 units in the week ended Sunday.

The top 10 had five new entries.

Martina McBride posted a career-best chart position as “Waking Up Laughing” (RCA) sold 144,000 units to debut at No. 3. “Dignity” (Hollywood) makes it four consecutive top-five debuts for Hilary Duff, selling 140,000 to start at No. 4. “Timbaland Presents Shock Value” (Mosley Music Group/Interscope), by the producer Timbaland, opened at No. 5 with sales of 138,000.

Paul Wall’s “Get Money, Stay True” (Swishahouse/Asylum/Atlantic) sold 92,000 copies to come in at No. 8, a distant cry from his 2005 release, “The Peoples Champ,” which sold 176,000 in its opening sesh.

Alison Krauss’ latest compilation, “A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection” (Rounder), is her first top 10 album, taking 10th place with 73,000 sold.

A new two-CD version of Beyonce’s “B’Day” sent the disc up 63 slots to No. 6, selling 126,000 copies.

Alan Jackson, George Strait and Jimmy Buffett’s “Live at Texas Stadium” (MCA Nashville) opened at No. 11 on sales of 67,000; Chevelle’s “Vena Sera” (Epic) hit No. 13, selling 62,000; and Larry the Cable Guy’s “Morning Constitutions” (Warner Bros.) plugged in at No. 16 on 56,000 sold.

Kings of Leon’s “Because of the Times” (RCA) debuted at No. 25 after a career-best sales week of 42,000. Album had debuted at No. 1 in the U.K.

“Santi” (Atlantic), by the Academy Is, debuted with sales of 33,000 (No. 32); Static X’s “Cannibal” (Warner Bros.) sold 30,000 (No. 36); and the Almost’s “Southern Weather” (Tooth & Nail) rained 29,000 (No. 39).

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