There’s just no holding down Justin Bieber. The pint-size Canadian pop sensation will hold onto the #1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, thanks to another 92,000 in sales for his My World 2.0 album, which has sold more than 760,000 copies in its first month. The competition wasn’t even really close, though hipster duo MGMT had a relatively strong showing for their difficult second album, Congratulations, which debuts at #2 (66,000), according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
The other debut in the top 10 comes from complicated rockers Coheed and Cambria, who notch a #5 showing for Year of the Black Rainbow (51,000). It’s the concept-album-loving MTV Musical March Madness champs’ highest-ever chart debut.
The rest of the top 10 found ACM darlings Lady Antebellum moving up a notch with Need You Now (65,000), the year’s best-selling album so far, with more than 1.7 million copies moved. That’s followed by Usher with Raymond v. Raymond (#4, 64,000), Now 33 (45,000) and Lady Gaga’s The Fame (32,000). Ke$ha’s Animal returns to the top 10 (up eight spots to #8, 31,000), with Monica’s Still Standing (#9, 30,000) and Bieber’s debut, My World (#10, 30,000) close at its heels.
Just outside the top 10, guitar legend Jeff Beck hits #11 with Emotion & Commotion (26,000). Former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant lands at #17 with her latest solo album, Leave Your Sleep. Former “American Idol” finalist Jason Castro is right behind at #18 with his self-titled full-length debut (#18, 20,000), and Gucci Mane’s Burrrprint 2 mixtape hit #19 (19,000).
Further down the line, “Legally Blonde — The Musical” star Laura Bell Bundy hits #28 with her Achin’ & Shakin’ country album (15,000).
The self-titled debut from former Guns ’N Roses guitarist Slash had a short stay in the top 10, dropping 13 slots to #16 in week two (22,000), while Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh falls 11 to #20 in week three (19,000). Fans were seemingly not feeling Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD pack, as the live collection plummets 47 spots in week two to #57 (8,000) as sales dropped by more than 70 percent.
Adam Lambert’s return to “American Idol” as a mentor did wonders for his five-month-old debut, For Your Entertainment, which rockets up 41 spots to #35 (13,000, up 121 percent).
Next week’s contenders include the comeback album from Cypress Hill, the “Glee” Madonna soundtrack and AC/DC’s “Iron Man 2” compilation.