Just weeks after the [artist id="2088128"]Jonas Brothers[/artist]' "3D Concert Experience" soundtrack was denied the top spot in its chart debut thanks to [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist], the tween country star will block another peer from the #1 slot next week when the [movie id="381910"]"Hannah Montana: The Movie"[/movie] soundtrack has to settle for #2.
Only this time, Swift had some help, as she's just one of 20 artists on the chart-topping Now That's What I Call Music! 30 compilation — also featuring hits from [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist], [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist], [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist], [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] and [artist id="1962774"]Katy Perry[/artist] — which will claim the pole position on the Billboard albums chart thanks to a first-week tally of 146,000.
That was enough to push the "Montana" soundtrack — in what could be the TV show's first and only big-screen installment — to #2 on sales of 139,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. Not far behind is the deluxe edition of the [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] soundtrack, which sold another 102,000 copies to hold on to the #3 position, just ahead of the chart debut of [artist id="1746119"]Keri Hilson[/artist]'s oft-delayed In a Perfect World ... , which claims #4 thanks to 94,000 units shifted.
[artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist]'s reign at #1 ends after just two weeks, as her comeback album All I Ever Wanted slips to #5 on sales of close to 52,000, just barely edging out [artist id="1022"]U2[/artist]'s No Line on the Horizon, which falls to #6 with more than 51,000 units, squeaking ahead of [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist]'s The Fame, which drops to #7 with sales of 45,000.
After months of familiar faces, the rest of the top 10 features a number of debuts, including a #8 bow from Papa Roach for their Metamorphosis (44,000), Jim Jones' Pray IV Reign (43,000) and Martina McBride's Shine (41,000). Thinking man's metallers Mastodon just missed a top 10 debut with their latest concept album, Crack the Skye, which landed at #11 on sales of just over 41,000, pushing Swift's Fearless (40,000) down to #12, marking the first time since that album's release five months ago that it hasn't been in the top 10.
There were more debuts as well, including angsty rockers Blue October at #13 with Approaching Normal (37,000), Slim Thug at #14 with Boss of All Bosses (32,000), Doom (the masked rapper known as MF Doom) at #52 with Born Like This (11,000) and former "American Idol" contestant Mandisa at #83 with her second full-length studio album of contemporary gospel Freedom.
Elsewhere, The-Dream's Love vs. Money had a short stay in the top 10, falling to #14 in week three on sales of 36,000, while the Decemberists' vaunted rock opera Hazards of Love managed to gain 35 percent in sales (28,000) while falling four spots to #19, and Adele's 19 jumped nearly 20 spots to #23 (21,000) after her appearance on "Dancing With the Stars."
Over on the catalog chart, the reissue of Pearl Jam's iconic debut Ten topped the charts with 60,000 sold, and thanks to the "American Idol" bump, two volumes of Motown hits saw triple-digit increases, with Motown #1's Volume 2 shifting 6,000 for a 1,000 percent jump over the previous week and Motown #1's leaping 645 percent on sales of 5,000. Fans were also clearly digging Adam Lambert's take on "Tracks of My Tears," as that song's digital sales were up 477 percent over the previous week to 1,000.
Look for chart debuts next week from Bow Wow, Flo Rida, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Keith Urban.