Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” held onto the top slot on the nation’s album sales chart for the third consecutive week, coming perilously close to setting a record for the No. 1 disc with the lowest sales tally.
“As I Am” sold 61,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Soundscan, just topping the record set by the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack last year, which snared the top spot on sales of 60,000.
The soundtrack to “Juno” rose one spot to No. 2, selling 58,000. The four Oscar noms that the film received Tuesday could help push up its sales tally next week. In addition, Kimya Dawson has been on a steady promo tour for the soundtrack, appearing on “The View” this week with her Moldy Peaches bandmate Adam Green.
Raheem DeVaughn’s “Love Behind the Melody” (Jive) saw the top debut, selling 45,000 to open at No. 5 in his first trip into the top 40.
John Legend’s “Live From Philadelphia,” which is being sold exclusively at Target, sold 33,000 to debut at No. 7.
The week’s other debuts were all between No. 42 — Anne Murray’s “Duets: Friends & Legends” (Manhattan), which sold 13,000, and No. 94 — Ringo Starr’s “Liverpool 8” (Capitol), which moved 7,000.
Magnetic Fields’ “Distortion” (Nonesuch) posted a career high, No. 77, selling 8,000. The Spice Girls’ “Greatest Hits” (Virgin) sold just 15 more copies than Starr’s album to open at No. 93.