Sometimes, an album title is more than just an album title. Case in point: The sixth album from country trio [artist id=”710215″]Rascal Flatts[/artist], the aptly named Unstoppable, which will easily top next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart with 351,000 copies sold, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That solid opening bow — the second best this year behind [artist id=”1022″]U2’s[/artist] 480,000 first week — helped keep the soundtrack to the “Hannah Montana” movie at #2 with 196,000 in sales. Just behind the [artist id=”2408193″]Miley Cyrus[/artist] effort was the chart debut by veteran rapper and Lox member [artist id=”1163822″]Jadakiss[/artist], with his third solo album, The Last Kiss, which racked up 135,000 units moved. He’s followed by the strong #4 opening from country singer Jason Aldean’s Wide Open (109,000).
The rest of the top 10 includes: NOW 30 (#5, 99,000), [artist id=”2389485″]Taylor Swift’s[/artist] Fearless (#6, 82,000, pushing her over the 3 million mark), [artist id=”1161250″]Keith Urban’s[/artist] Defying Gravity (#7, 72,000, a nearly 60 percent falloff from last week’s debut), the “Twilight” soundtrack (#8, 68,000), [artist id=”14481″]Prince’s[/artist] Target-exclusive three-disc set LotusFlow3r (#9, 66,000, down 61 percent from last week’s debut) and [artist id=”3061469″]Lady Gaga’s[/artist] Fame (#10, 56,000).
After more than a year on the charts, [artist id=”1933910″]Carrie Underwood’s[/artist] 2007 album, Carnival Ride, had another solid week, jumping from #34 to #16 on a nearly 100 percent increase in sales to 32,000. [artist id=”2583152″]Flo Rida[/artist], on the other hand, shed 43 percent of the first-week business of his R.O.O.T.S. album, despite a high-profile slot on “American Idol,” with 31,000 units moved.
As he contemplates retirement, [artist id=”1219435″]Bow Wow[/artist] gets the bad news that his potential swan song, New Jack City Pt. II, took a header in its second week, free-falling from a #16 debut to #48 on sales of nearly 13,000. Also debuting on the charts is the three-disc [artist id=”1080″]Grateful Dead[/artist] set, To Terrapin: Hartford ’77 (#168, 4,000), a remastered chronicle of what is considered by many Deadheads to be one of the band’s finest live shows. Elsewhere, [artist id=”1624630″]Jesse McCartney’s[/artist] Departure makes its way back onto the charts at #79 (just under 9,000) nearly a year after its release.
Among the week’s other debuts, veteran rocker [artist id=”1026″]Neil Young’s[/artist] car-themed homage to his home-brewed hybrid Lincvolt, Fork in the Road, debuts at #19 with 28,000 in sales. The latest from Miley’s dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Back to Tennessee, slides in at #41 (14,000). And rapper [artist id=”2039227″]Mims'[/artist] Guilt manages a #53 debut with 12,000 satisfied customers. England’s [artist id=”1228844″]Doves[/artist] break in at #88 with Kingdom of Rust (8,000). Former “American Idol” singer Kellie Pickler’s self-titled country album hits #112 (6,000), and indie darling [artist id=”2419420″]Bat for Lashes[/artist] (a.k.a. singer Natasha Khan) lands at #140 (5,000) in the first week for her Two Suns album.