Once again, it’s Justin Bieber ’s world. The teenage titan will top the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with My World 2.0, the 10-song follow-up to his debut, which sold 283,000 copies to lead a parade of new faces in the top 10. Joining him near the top is resurgent singer [artist id=”12684″]Monica[/artist], whose comeback bid, Still Standing, finally dropped after nearly three years of tweaking and recording. The disc will debut at #2 on sales of 184,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
The latest edition of he unstoppable hits compilation, Now 33, with songs by Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Young Money and Owl City, is just behind at #3 (135,000), and the second collection of songs by actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward as She & Him, Volume Two, lands at #6 (47,000). While Lady Antebellum’s former #1 disc, Need You Now, slips down three spots out of the pole position to #4, it still managed to sell another 78,000 copies, passing the 1.5 million mark in just over two months.
Bieber’s debut also had a good week, leaping up five spots to #5 on a 50 percent sales increase thanks to another 50,000 units shifted. Rounding out the top 10 are Ludacris’ Battle of the Sexes (#7, 45,000), Lady Gaga’s The Fame (#8, 41,000), Marvin Sapp’s Here I Am (#9, 39,000) and the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies (#10, 34,000).
Sade’s Soldier of Love falls out of the top 10 for the first time since its release in early February, falling five spots to #11 (31,000), followed by Gorillaz, whose Plastic Beach shed 41 percent of its business in week three to slip seven spots to #16 (22,000).
Further down the line, Snoop Dogg’s enhanced More Malice debuts at #29 (15,000), and Euro dance act Goldfrapp hit #44 with Head First (10,000). The White Stripes’ first official live album, Under Great White Northern Lights, makes a swift trip to the middle, plummeting from #11 to #60 in week two as sales tanked by nearly 70 percent to 9,000.
Nearly five months after its release, the self-titled debut from last season’s “American Idol” winner, Kris Allen, is about to fall out of the top 200, hitting #196 (2,000) as sales appear to have topped out just shy of 300,000, the poorest debut showing to date for one of the show’s winners.
Things could get interesting in the top 10 next week with the debuts of Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond, a new one from country stalwart Alan Jackson and Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, which has been stoked by the controversy surrounding her naked video for the first single, “Window Seat.”