'Black Ice' beats out 11 new entries for No. 1

Eleven new albums — most of them by established artists — debuted in the top 20, but sales were so paltry that the week ended Sunday was off by 25% from the same frame last year.

The top 20, led by AC/DC’s “Black Ice,” which sold 271,000 units, is easily divided between those that performed and those that did not when compared with their last releases. Pink’s “Funhouse” (LaFace) sold 180,000 and registered a personal chart position record: Tally exceeded by 54,000 the debut of her April 2006 release “I’m Not Dead.”

Snow Patrol’s “A Hundred Million Suns” (Fiction/Geffen) sold 48,000 to pop in at No. 9 for the band’s first trip into the top 10. More than half of the album’s sales were digital, buoyed by Amazon.com, which sold the music for less than $4.

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John Legend’s third album, “Evolver” (Columbia), sold 133,000 to open at No. 4, delivering only 58% of the first week sales posted in October 2006 by “Once Again.” The No. 5 album, Toby Keith’s “That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy” (Show Dog Nashville), sold 91,000, a far cry from the 204,000 that his “Big Dog Daddy” did 16 months ago.

Rascal Flatts’ “Greatest Hits, Vol. 1″ (Lyric Street) was a slot lower on sales of 89,000. Album includes three new Christmas tracks in addition to 13 of their hits, but demand is nowhere near the 547,000 units sold by the trio’s “Still Feels Good” in September 2007.

Another hits package, Celine Dion’s two-CD set “My Love: Essential Collection” (Columbia), moved 57,000 to chime in at No. 8. Nine years ago, her hits package “All the Way: A Decade of Song” sold more than 300,000 copies in its debut week.

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals’ “Cardinology” (Lost Highway) did better than most, selling 40,000 and opening at No. 11. Adams’ 2007 release, “Easy Tiger,” sold 61,000 and debuted at No. 7.

The Cure’s “4:13 Dream” (Suretone/Geffen) sent off 24,000 to start at No. 16; in June 2004, “The Cure” sold 91,000.

Bloc Party’s “Intimacy” (Atlantic) was released digitally in August and physically on Oct. 28 It sold with 24,000 (No. 18). That’s half the first-week sales of their release “A Weekend in the City” last year.

One slot higher, with the same tally, was the first album from Lady GaGa, “The Fame” ( Streamline/Interscope). Michael W. Smith’s live album “A New Hallelujah” (Reunion) debuted with sales of 23,000 (No. 19).

Other debuts included Kottonmouth Kings’ “Green Album” (Suburban Noize) selling 13,000 (No. 42); Queen & Paul Rodgers, 12,000 (No. 47); and Cradle of Filth’s “Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder” (Roadrunner), 11,000 (No. 48).

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