Disc holds on to top spot on music charts

T.I.’s “Paper Trail” held onto the No. 1 slot on the nation’s album sales chart for a second week, selling 177,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. Album’s cume is 745,000.

Week’s biggest debut came from Rise Against’s “Appeal to Reason” (DGC/Interscope), which sold 65,000 to squeeze in at No. 3 between Metallica and Jennifer Hudson.

Oasis’ first album to be distributed by Warner Bros., “Dig Out Your Soul,” sold 53,000 to open at No. 5. Album started at No. 1 in their native U.K.

The eighth edition of Bob Dylan’s bootleg series, “Tell Tale Signs” (Columbia), sold 50,000 to roll in at No. 6. It is his 17th top-10 album and the highest chart position of his “bootlegs.”

Tim McGraw denounced Curb Records for issuing “Greatest Hits 3” without his participation but it had already been in stores for a week, resulting in sales of 44,000 and a debut at No. 9.

Another hits compilation, Sarah McLachlan’s “Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan” (Arista), sold 40,000 to start at No. 11.

Other debuts included Senses Fail’s “Life Is Not a Waiting Room” (Vagrant) selling 24,000 (No. 18); Marco Antonia Solis’ “No Molestar” (Fonovisa) moving 23,000 (No. 19); the Pretenders’ first for Artist First/Shangri-La Music, “Break Up the Concrete,” selling 16,000 (No. 32); and Tesla’s “Forever More” (Tesla Electric Company) a slot lower on the same amount sold.

Gospel compilation “Wow Hits 2009” (Word) sold 15,000 (No. 37); “Unexpected,” the Columbia release from former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, sold 12,000 (No. 42); Devin the Dude’s “Landing Gear” (Razor & Tie) moved 11,000 (No. 47); and Jon McLaughlin’s “OK Now” sent off 11,000 (No. 49).

On the singles chart, Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” leaped to No. 1 from No. 96. The single sold 286,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third week in a row in which new records were set for the highest chart position jumps by a single. The first records were set by T.I.

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