It was a good week for country music, though not necessarily for music sales as a whole, as duo [artist id=”1244042″]Sugarland[/artist] notch a #1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart for their first live album, Live on the Inside, a Wal-Mart exclusive that moved a modest 76,000 in its first week. The other top debut next week will be from Taylor Swift opening act Gloriana, whose self-titled debut will hit #3 on sales of 44,000, according to the latest numbers provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
The only other debut in a very slow week on the charts is the #10 showing by Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 16, which sold 34,000 copies. And while most of the other usual suspects in the top 10 suffered double-digit sales drop-offs, the resurgent [artist id=”1233888″]Kings of Leon[/artist] once again move up the charts, this time climbing one spot to #5 with their nearly year-old, million-plus-selling Only by the Night, which moved just over 44,000 copies, one of five albums in that range separated by less than 200 units.
The rest of the top 10: Now 31 (#2, 45,000), [artist id=”30064″]Black Eyed Peas’[/artist] The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#4, 44,000), Daughtry’s Leave This Town (#6, 44,000), [artist id=”817″]Maxwell’s[/artist] BLACKsummers’night (#7, 43,000), [artist id=”2389485″]Taylor Swift’s[/artist] Fearless (#8, 37,000) and last week’s #1, [artist id=”1164800″]Fabolous’[/artist]’ Loso’s Way (#9, 37,000).
Just outside the top 10, Detroit R&B singer K’Jon lands at #12 with his major label debut, I Get Around (34,000), and Modest Mouse hit #15 with their EP No One’s First, And You’re Next (27,000). An EP of performances from season eight of “American Idol” slides in at #17 (24,000), and the soundtrack to Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” — featuring songs by Selena Gomez, Honor Society, Aly & AJ and others — appears in the #24 position (18,000).
A couple of young divas had rough weeks. Ashley Tisdale’s Guilty Pleasure sinks 44 spots in its second week after shedding 66 percent of its business to land at #56 (9,000), and Kristinia DeBarge’s Exposed lost 58 percent of its sales in week two, falling 46 spots to #69 (7,000).
Things aren’t likely to perk up too much next week, as the only major releases likely to shake up the top 10 are the latest from country legend George Strait, the Leighton Meester-assisted Hot Mess from Cobra Starship and the debut from country cutie Jessie James.