It took a few weeks, but [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist] will finally reach the top of the Billboard 200 charts with the soundtrack to the "Hannah Montana" movie. The album, which debuted at #2 three weeks ago and dipped down to #5 before bumping back up to the runner-up slot last week, will reach the pinnacle despite a 32 percent dip in sales thanks to 133,000 more units moved, putting Cyrus over the 500,000 mark.
That was more than enough to beat out the second album from Diddy's
Day26, Forever in a Day, which, with sales of 113,000, will bow in the #2 spot, just ahead of last week's #1, [artist id="710215"]Rascal Flatts[/artist]' Unstoppable, which plummeted nearly 70 percent after a strong debut with 107,000 units moved.
The only other debut in the top 10 was the surprisingly strong showing from Smashing Pumpkins-esque rockers Silversun Pickups, whose Swoon landed at #7 on sales of 43,000. The rest of the top 10 included: "Twilight Soundtrack" at #4 (49,000), Now 30 at #5 (45,000) , [artist id="1163822"]Jadakiss[/artist], Last Kiss at #6 (44,000), [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist], Fame at #8 (36,000), [artist id="1919990"]Jason Aldean[/artist], Wide Open at #9 (35,000) and [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist], Fearless at #10 (32,000).
As their star finally begins to rise in their own United States after years of megastardom in the U.K., [artist id="1233888"]Kings of Leon[/artist]'s eight-month-old Only By the Night jumped up 13 spots to #18 on sales of 19,000 as they kick off their first major U.S. arena tour.
[artist id="14481"]Prince[/artist]'s three-disc Target-only Lotus Flow3r took a dive in its third week, dipping 67 percent on sales of 22,000 as it fell out of the top 10 to #15 and [artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist]'s comeback hit, All I Ever Wanted notched its lowest chart position since its release more than a month ago, sliding down to #19 on sales of 19,000 after a 51 percent drop-off from the week before. She wasn't alone, though, with the exception of the Pickups' and Day26 chart debuts and the KOL's uptick, every other album in the top 20 suffered a double-digit decline, with nearly half getting slashed by 50 percent or more.
After charting with digital sales, the [artist id="1229828"]Yeah Yeah Yeahs[/artist] leapt up nearly 20 spots to #27 with the physical release of It's Blitz!, which moved 14,000 copies. Fellow indie darlings [artist id="710356"]Death Cab for Cutie[/artist] also had a strong week with their Open Door EP, which hit stores last week after debuting online, moving up nearly 50 spots to #30 on sales of 13,000.
[artist id="2481017"]Jennifer Hudson[/artist] definitely got the "American Idol" bump, as her nearly eight-month-old self-titled debut rocketed from #103 to #42 after her return to her old stomping grounds netted her 9,000 in sales, pushing the album over the 700,000 mark.
Way down at #158, [artist id="1191443"]My Morning Jacket[/artist]'s live EP, Celebracion De La Ciudad Natal, racked up more than 3,000 in sales and buzzy Beck-esque blues/rap act [artist id="3085636"]Cage the Elephant[/artist] debuted at #171 with their self- titled album on sales of just over 3,000.
After months of talk and beef with 50 Cent, look for Rick Ross'
Deeper Than Rap next week, as well as the chart debuts from Asher Roth and [artist id="1057"]Depeche Mode[/artist].