Kelly Clarkson Hangs On To Billboard #1

U2 land at #2, while 'Twilight' soundtrack jumps to #3 on boost from DVD release.

It’s good to be back. That’s what [artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist] must be thinking, as her return-to-form All I Ever Wanted will top the Billboard albums sales chart again next week. Though it suffered a steep 65 percent drop from its first-week sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the 90,000 copies sold this week were enough to hold on to the top spot.

Clarkson was able to fend off [artist id="1022"]U2[/artist]‘s No Line on the Horizon, which hit #2 despite a 42 percent drop in sales on the heels of suffering a 60-plus percent nosedive in its second week. Horizon moved 76,000 units as it edged toward a total of 700,000 sold in less than a month. It was all the Irish rockers could do to hold back a hard charge from the resurgent special-edition soundtrack to “Twilight,” which bolted up 11 spots on a 250 percent uptick in business to 74,000, goosed, no doubt, by the smash first-week DVD sales of the movie .

[artist id="2801312"]The-Dream[/artist]‘s Love vs. Money also suffered a major drop-off (63 percent) in sales, but slipped into #4 with 56,000 satisfied customers, just ahead of [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist]‘s The Fame, which took up the #5 spot with sales of 50,000. That meant that former chart dominatrix [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist]‘s Fearless was pushed out of the top five for the first time since the album’s release last year. Swift landed at #6 with sales of 47,000, followed by [artist id="760446"]Nickelback[/artist]‘s Dark Horse (#7 with 34,000), the chart debut of Bad Boy’s [artist id="2561902"]Gorilla Zoe[/artist] at #8 with 31,000 copies of Don’t Feed Da Animals sold, [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist]‘s I Am … Sasha Fierce (#9 with 27,000) and [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx[/artist]‘s remarkably strong Intuition, which held down the #10 spot with 24,000 units shifted.

As for the other chart debuts, Twiztid hit #11 with 23,000 copies sold of W.I.C.K.E.D., the Decemberists hit a new career-high chart position with a #14 bow of their concept album Hazards of Love (19,000), Static-X slide into the #16 position with 19,000 copies moved of Cult of Static and, way down at #136, CNN (Capone-N-Noreaga) shifted 4,000 copies of Channel 10.

Carrie Underwood got the “Idol” bump, with her year-and-a-half-old juggernaut Carnival Ride jumping from #42 to #15 on sales of 19,000 thanks to her appearance on her old stomping grounds, where she sang a duet with Randy Travis . Elsewhere, J. Holiday took a big tumble from his #4 debut last week, dropping to #20 as sales of Round 2 dipped more than 70 percent to 16,000, while Chris Cornell‘s Timbaland-produced Scream lost its voice, plummeting 55 spots from its #10 debut last week with week-two sales of 7,000. The news was no better for Sum 41, whose greatest-hits album, All the Good Sh–: 14 Solid Gold Hits, squeaked out just 3,000 sales to debut at #154.

The charts should get a bit of a shake-up next week when the “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack debuts, along with the oft-delayed In a Perfect World from Keri Hilson .

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