Is it possible Michael Bublé’s gleaming pearly whites are hiding a garlic grill? That would explain how the buttery Canadian crooner’s Crazy Love has been able to hold onto the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 for a second week, despite a hype-heavy charge from the soundtrack to the “Twilight” sequel “New Moon.”
Actually the fact that the “New Moon” soundtrack came out last Friday, for a shortened week of reported sales, is probably what helped Bublé earn nearly double the vampire tunes’ sales. A solid 203,000 units of Crazy Love were sold, a 55 percent increase over its first-week numbers (which also came after a Friday release). Meanwhile, the “New Moon” compilation — with songs by Muse, the Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Lykke Li and Bon Iver with St. Vincent, among others — will notch a modest 115,000 copies in its debut week, as anticipation for the film’s November 20 opening continues to build.
Other new entries in the top 10 include a strong #8 bow by Oklahoma psychedelic warriors the Flaming Lips, whose brain-teasing Embryonic shifted 32,000 copies, barely edging out the latest from R&B singer Mario, D.N.A., which comes in at #9, with less then 200 units separating them.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 edges up two spots to #3 (55,000), Barbra Streisand holds steady at #5 with Love is the Answer (49,000) and Miley Cyrus moves up three spots with Time of Our Lives (#5, 40,000). The Black Eyed Peas storm back into the top 10 by leaping 17 slots to #6 with E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (40,000) as Taylor Swift hops 10 spots to #7 with Fearless (33,000). Mariah Carey rounds things out with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which drops another three spots to #10 on sales of 31,000, shedding 43 percent of the previous week’s business.
Veteran makeup rockers Kiss had a short-lived trip to the top, as their Sonic Boom triple-disc album lost 72 percent of its first-week business to plunge nine spots to #11 (30,000), followed by last week’s #3, Toby Keith’s American Ride, which lost an equally bruising 68 percent of its traffic.
In its third week, Paramore’s latest, Brand New Eyes, continued its backward slide as well, dropping five spots to #16 (down 42 percent with sales of 24,000). The buzzing one-man band Owl City, however, still has strong positive momentum, hitting a new high at #20 (21,000), after almost four months on the chart.
Folk icon Bob Dylan’s first holiday collection, Christmas in the Heart, lands at #23 (20,000). The debut from Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s new band, Dead by Sunrise, Out of Ashes, pops in at #29 (17,000), just edging out the yuletide offering from “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta, Christmas From the Heart (#30, 17,000).
Elsewhere on the charts, Five for Fighting hit #34 with Slice (15,000), the Karen O-led soundtrack to Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are” rockets almost 30 spots to #35 in the movie’s opening week (15,000), and the Backstreet Boys fall from grace in week two, thundering down more than 50 spots to #64 with This Is Us (down 80 percent with 8,400 in sales).
It should be a quiet week at the top next week, with new offerings from the Clipse, Tim McGraw and Joss Stone.