Talk about insult to injury. First, the Jonas Brothers' "3D Concert Experience" had to settle for second place at the box office. Then, on next week's Billboard 200, the movie's soundtrack CD will have to make do with being #3.
Who will top the chart? Why, none other than Joe Jonas' ex, [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist], whose Fearless will notch its 11th (non-consecutive) week at #1 on sales of 73,200, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. With a nearly 20 percent increase in business, Swift proved unbeatable again. Richmond, Virginia, metallers [artist id="1161196"]Lamb of God[/artist] thundered to an impressive #2 with their sixth studio album, Wrath, with sales of 67,600, for their best chart debut to date.
The JoBros are the only other debut in the top 10, well behind at #3 with 49,700. That's a far cry from the #1 debut of their previous studio album, A Little Bit Longer, which sold more than 525,000 copies when it hit the charts in August. The soundtrack to Oscar-winning underdog flick "Slumdog Millionaire" finally saw the huge post-awards-show bump everyone expected, with an 18-place leap to #4 on sales of 44,100. We're not sure if that 109 percent increase from the previous week was helped by the remix of Best Original Song winner "Jai Ho" featuring the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger.
The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by the usual suspects: [artist id="760446"]Nickelback's[/artist] Dark Horse (#5, 40,800), [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé's[/artist] I Am ... Sasha Fierce (#6, 35,400), [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga's[/artist] Fame (#7, 32,500), [artist id="1946832"]the Fray's[/artist] self-titled second album (#8, 31,300), [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx's[/artist] Intuition (#9, 30,800) and [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West's[/artist] 808s & Heartbreak (#10, 25,500).
A couple of recent top 10 debuts have fallen hard, including Gap Band leader Charlie Wilson's Uncle Charlie (from #2 to #20), [artist id="2389411"]Lily Allen's[/artist] It's Not Me, It's You (#16 to #27) and M. Ward's Hold Time, which dropped 28 spots to #59 in its second week, with sales of 10,000. Storming back up the charts for no discernible reason is the [artist id="509026"]Christina Aguilera[/artist] greatest-hits comp Keeps Gettin' Better, which rockets from #159 to #66 on 9,400 in sales, a nearly 150 percent increase from the week before.
Hyped Somali rapper K'Naan's second album, Troubadour, which features cameos from Damian Marley, [artist id="1230385"]Maroon 5's[/artist] Adam Levine, [artist id="504157"]Mos Def[/artist] and [artist id="995"]Metallica's[/artist] Kirk Hammett, debuts at #32 on sales of 15,300. [artist id="1234809"]Joe Budden's[/artist] Padded Room bounces in at #42 with 13,600 in sales, and Project Pat lands at #70 with 8,700 units moved of Real Recognize Real. Way, way down the list is the solo album from [artist id="928"]Cypress Hill's[/artist] B-Real, Smoke & Mirrors, which sneaks in at #148 with 3,800 in sales.
And for those keeping score, [artist id="846"]Guns N' Roses'[/artist] disappointing comeback album, Chinese Democracy, sank to its lowest position to date, #137, with just 4,000 new sales, as the 13-plus-years-in-the-making CD appears to have stalled out just above the half-million-in-sales mark.
The charts should finally get a shake-up, and a possible takedown of Swift before the three-month mark, when U2's hyped No Line on the Horizon hits next week.