With just 66,000 scans, the soundtrack to the movie “Dreamgirls” broke a three-year-old record last week, becoming Billboard’s poorest-selling #1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales figures in 1991. The previous record was held by Outkast’s 2003 LP Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below, which sold 86,000 copies to top the chart the week of January 25, 2004.
Sometimes, records don’t last long.
“Dreamgirls” — which stars Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, and was honored with three Golden Globes Monday night (see ” ’Dream’ Night: Jennifer Hudson, Borat Win Big At Golden Globes” ) — has one-upped itself this week, shattering the very record it set the previous one. The soundtrack clings to the albums-sales chart’s #1 position, but with just 60,000 units scanned during the disc’s sixth week of commercial release. “Dreamgirls” has also earned the distinction of becoming the first movie soundtrack since 2002’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to claim the #1 spot.
According to the latest SoundScan figures, overall sales of the records comprising this week’s top 200 plunged by nearly 500,000 units, compared to the previous week’s retail totals, which, as it turned out, were nothing to write home about either. It was also a dismal week for new releases, with just four cracking Billboard’s chart. The best-selling new release, the soundtrack to “Jump In!,” a made-for-TV movie that aired on the Disney Channel earlier this month, bowed at #5 with 49,000 sold.
“Jump In!” features “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu and could wind up repeating the sales magic displayed by that Disney Channel surprise blockbuster. The set also features contributions from Keke Palmer of “Akeelah and the Bee” fame, Sebastian Mego and Lil’ Josh covering House of Pain’s “Jump.”
The week’s other newcomers included Appassionato, the latest LP from virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma, which debuts at #79 with 9,500 scans, and Crunk Hits, Vol. 3, which opens at #120 with 6,400 units sold; the compilation boasts tracks from 18 artists including David Banner, Styles P, Timbaland, Pitbull and Paul Wall, among others.
Following “Dreamgirls” in the #2 slot is Akon’s Konvicted, with another 55,000 sold. Justin Timberlake’s high-profile breakup with Cameron Diaz isn’t slowing down sales of his latest album. Up one spot to #3 this week — perhaps due to a bump in sales from Timberlake’s massively popular “Saturday Night Live” short “D— in a Box” — is Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, selling close to 51,000 units. Timberlake just edged out the chart’s fourth-place finisher, the self-titled debut from Daughtry, the rock outfit fronted by “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry, by a mere 228 copies.
Beyoncé’s B’Day checks in at #6 with nearly 41,000 units snatched up, while the Now That’s What I Call Music! 23 collection, featuring contributions from Timberlake, Fergie, Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera and others follows at #7 with 37,700 copies sold. The Beatles’ Cirque du Soleil soundtrack project Love rises one chart position to #8, selling 37,000, while Young Jeezy’s The Inspiration slips two spots to #9, with 35,700 flying off store shelves. Returning to the top 10 this week at #10 is Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons, with sales of 35,500; the album, which has sold more than 4.7 million copies, hadn’t breached the top 10 since late October.