Coldplay Dethrone Lil Wayne To Score Second Consecutive #1 Debut

Tha Carter III sales lag as Viva la Vida becomes year's second-best seller.

If rapper Lil Wayne was expecting his latest LP, Tha Carter III to spend a second-straight week as the nation’s best-selling release, he definitely underestimated the sales prowess of British rockers Coldplay.

While Wayne’s latest entered the previous week’s chart at #1 , with just over a million scans, Tha Carter III just couldn’t maintain that sales pace and suffered a 69 percent dip in retail interest in week two, selling 308,500 copies. But that just wasn’t enough for him to hold onto Billboard‘s pole position, as Coldplay’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends generated first-week scans of more than 721,200, bumping Wayne’s opus to the chart’s #2 slot. The latest set from Chris Martin and company is now the year’s second-best performing debut, as well as the band’s second consecutive career #1, following 2005′s X&Y, which also opened at #1 but with 737,300 scans.

The last time the Billboard 200 saw back-to-back #1 debuts with sales of more than 700,000 was in 2000, when Britney SpearsOops! … I Did It Again sold 1.3 million, and Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP sold 1.8 million the following week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In addition to Coldplay’s new one, a total of 16 other new releases enter next week’s albums sales chart, with five opening in the top 10. Bowing at #3 with 188,400 sold, it’s the soundtrack to the Disney Channel movie “Camp Rock,” which features contributions from the Jonas Brothers and others. Rihanna‘s Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, an expanded, two-disc re-release of the pop star’s hit record, enters at #7, with 63,300 sold, while Katy Perry‘s One of the Boys opens at #9, selling 46,800 units. Lastly, coming in at #10, with 45,700 sold, is the latest from Offspring, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.

The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by the 28th addition to the Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation series, which is #4 after selling another 81,000 units, and PliesDefinition of Real drops to #5, with second-week sales reported at nearly 67,700. Usher‘s Here I Stand follows at #6, selling 65,000 copies, while Disturbed‘s Indestructible falls four spots to #8, with 59,300 scans.

Elsewhere on the chart, British metallers Judas Priest‘s latest, Nostradamus, opens at #11, having sold 42,000 copies during its first week in stores. It marks the highest chart position for an album by the band in the U.S. Rapper Blood Raw‘s My Life: The True Testimony enters at #30, with 17,400 sold. 2 PistolsDeath Before Dishonor bows at #33, shifting nearly 15,800 copies. Wolf Parade‘s At Mount Zoomer follows at #46, with 12,900 units snatched up, while R&B chanteuse Chanté Moore‘s Love the Woman debuts at #110, having scanned 6,400 copies. The Hold Steady‘s Stay Positive enters the chart at #170, after selling close to 3,900 copies, and pop act Prima J‘s self-titled debut follows at #172, selling just 34 fewer units.