After debuting at #2 with Don’t Forget just last year, Demi Lovato has worked some Disney magic on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, as 107,000 first-week sales of Here We Go Again earn her the #1 spot.
According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, the “Sonny With a Chance” teen’s sophomore album will just edge out last week’s #1, Daughtry’s Leave This Town, which shed 63 percent of its debut business, slipping a spot to #2 in its second week on sales of 100,000.
Daughtry has some “American Idol” company in the top 10, as the sophomore album from season-six winner Jordin Sparks, Battlefield, pops in at #7 in its first week, moving 48,000 copies. The bow is actually both a step up and down for Sparks, whose 2007 self-titled debut only hit #10 in its first week, while selling more than 119,000 copies.
Over on the Comprehensive Albums chart, Lovato will actually be beat out by Michael Jackson’s Number Ones, which retakes the #1 spot thanks to another 151,000 units moved. It’s among three Jackson albums still lodged in the top 10 on that chart (which combines contemporary albums with catalog titles), with a total of seven residing in the top 20. A month after his death, Jackson continues to rule the Top Catalog Album charts, with a lock on nine of the top 10 positions.
Back on the 200 chart, the top 10 is largely unchanged, as resurgent soul singer Maxwell drops a spot to #3 (72,000) with BLACKsummers’night, followed by Now 31 (#4, 57,000), Hannah Montana 3 (#5, 53,000), the Black Eyed Peas’ E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#6, 52,000), Kings of Leon’s Only by the Night (#8, passing the platinum mark after nearly a year on the charts), Taylor Swift’s Fearless (#9, 37,000) and Lady Gaga’s Fame (#10, 27,000).
A trio of albums that debuted in the top 10 last week have taken a tumble, including Twista’s Category F5 (down 11 spots to #19 on sales of 19,000); the first effort from Jack White’s the Dead Weather, Horehound (which dives 17 spots to #23 on sales of 17,000); and the latest from R&B singer Joe, Signature, which falls 20 spots to #27 (15,000).
Showing some serious hang time more than a year after crashing the charts, Katy Perry’s One of the Boys storms up 17 spots to #49 on sales of close to 9,000 thanks to a goose from her latest single, “Waking Up in Vegas.” The news is not so hot for Sugar Ray, whose attempt at a comeback after six years, Music for Cougars, limps in at #79, converting just over 5,000 fans. If it makes them feel any better, the second musical attempt from wrestling spawn Brooke Hogan, Redemption, fails to achieve some, dropping in with a thud at #144 in its first week (3,000).