The indie-rock soundtrack for Summit’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” moved up a notch to take the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart last week.
The Chop Shop/Atlantic title, which debuted at No. 2 last week after three days in stores, sold 155,000 copies in its first full stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Sunday. Teen vampire pic, featuring songs by Death Cab for Cutie, the Killers, Grizzly Bear and other indie acts, opens Nov. 20.
Industry observers anticipate that another movie-driven set, the companion to Michael Jackson doc “This Is It,” will displace “New Moon” at the apex this week. Late King of Pop’s much-awaited two-CD Epic collection went on sale Monday, while pic preemed Tuesday.
On the eve of the movie’s bow, Jackson’s catalog release “Number Ones” logged a 26,000-unit week, good enough to make it the No. 11 album in the nation overall, per SoundScan’s comprehensive tally.
The week’s other significant top 10 debut belonged to country star Tim McGraw. “Southern Voice” (Curb) bowing mildly at No. 2 with a 137,000-unit round.
After two weeks at the top, Canadian crooner Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love” (Warner Bros.) fell two rungs to No. 3, tracking 102,000 units in a 50% decline.
Rapper/New York Yankees booster Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3” (Roc Nation) slipped one position to No. 4 with 43,000 sold, off 22%.
Three long-running titles held their places with little sales variation. Miley Cyrus’ Walmart exclusive “Time of Our Lives” (Hollywood) stood at No. 5 with 39,000 shifted (off 3%). The Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” (Interscope) hung in at No. 6 behind a 35,000-unit week (down 11%). Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” (Big Machine) rested at No. 7, moving 34,000 (up 2%).
In a rare instance of a slow-rolling hit by a developing act, Owl City’s “Ocean Eyes” (Universal/Republic) entered the top 10 at No. 8 in its 15th week, with 28,000 sold. Minnesotan Adam Young’s electro-pop project is riding success of single “Fireflies.”
Barbra Streisand’s romantic collection “Love Is the Answer” (Columbia) fell five positions to No. 9, off five notches and 44% with a 28,000-unit week.
English pop-soul singer Joss Stone slipped into the No. 10 position with her new Virgin release “Colour Me Free.” Collection arrived with first-week sales of 27,000.
New releases by Rod Stewart, Jack Johnson, Train and the re-formed Creed are other top contenders for major chart bows next week.