Christina Aguilera is used to jousting with fellow female divas on the charts, but after a four-year layoff to start a family, the bondage-loving good-girl-gone-bad ran into the most formidable foes of her career this week: the glee club and teen vampires.
Try as she might, Aguilera's Bionic could not beat back the forces of "Glee," as the hit show's fifth soundtrack, Glee: The Music — Journey to Regionals easily tops next week's Billboard 200 albums chart in its debut, moving 152,000 copies and giving the show its third straight #1 album, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. Coming in just behind at #2 is the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack, which moved 144,000 copies.
That means that after two #1 debuts and a #2 bow for her first three studio albums of original English-language songs (which sold between 252,000 and 346,000 or more in their first week), Bionic represents the lowest chart debut to date for Aguilera at just over 110,000. The soft sales come just weeks after Aguilera scrapped an already-announced summer tour, citing scheduling conflicts in promoting the album and her winter big-screen debut in "Burlesque."
Also making chart debuts this week are rapper Plies with his long-awaited album Goon Affiliated (#5, 56,000), country star Dierks Bentley with Up on the Ridge (#9, 38,000) and Jewel, whose country-flavored Sweet and Wild comes in at #10 on sales of 31,000.
The rest of the top 10: Jack Johnson's To the Sea (#4, 89,000, down 63 percent from its debut), Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 (49,000), Glee: The Music — Vol. 3, Showstoppers (#7, 40,000) and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now (#8, 39,000).
Further down the line, jam-band circuit faves Grace Potter and the Nocturnals hit #20 with their self-titled fourth album (18,000), Gym Class Heroes singer Travie McCoy lands at #27 with his solo debut, Lazarus, and one-time boy band Hanson manage a #30 bow for their soul-flecked latest, Shout It Out (14,000). Former anarchy-loving punks Against Me! plant White Crosses at
#34 (12,000) and rapper Lil Jon's years-in-the-making Crunk Rock slip in the top 50 at
#49 on sales of 9,000.
One of the week's biggest tumbles come from U.K. crooner Taio Cruz, whose Rokstarr plummets 42 slots to #50 in week two on sales of 9,000 as business dipped 64 percent. The week's biggest gainer is the "Get Him to the Greek" soundtrack album from Russell Brand's fake band, Infant Sorrow, which shoots up 67 spots to #81 in its second week as sales increased by 67 percent to 6,000.
Gleeks should hold a quick party, but Drake all but has a lock on a #1 debut next week with his eagerly anticipated Thank Me Later, which has hit stores along with the first album of new material from Sarah McLachlan in seven years, another Now compilation and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' first new disc since 2002.