For a third-straight, utterly-uneventful week, during which a total of 13 new releases bowed, Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through the Static will once again lead next week’s Billboard albums sales chart, capping the top 200 after having sold another 105,000 units. Right behind Jack at #2, climbing one chart position, is Alicia Keys’ As I Am, which scanned 53,000-plus copies. Down one spot at #3 this week, and still coasting off of her recent Grammy successes, its Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, which generated sales of nearly 51,400. After the jump, Kidz Bop, Fergie, Plain White T's and Jim Jones.
Coming in at #4 is the week’s highest-charting debut: Kidz Bop 13, which features covers of Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah,” and Keys’ “No One.” The compilation sold 48,800 units during its first week. Next, at #5, it’s the soundtrack to “Step It Up 2: The Streets,” which sold 42,600 copies, followed at #6 by the “Juno” soundtrack, which scanned 38,000. Songwriter Sara Bareilles’ Little Voice cracks the top 10 for the first time, coming in at #7 with 37,200 sold, while another new release, Chris Cagle’s My Life’s Been a Country Song, enters the chart at #8, with 36,700 copies snatched up. Rounding things out at #9 and #10, respectively, are Mary J. Blige’s Growing Pains (which sold 35,000 units) and Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut (with 33,500 scans).
As for the rest of this week’s chart newcomers, rapper Jim Jones returns at #19, selling 24,900 copies of his new one, Harlem’s American Gangster. Meanwhile, Secondhand Serenade’s Twist in My Story bows at #44, selling 15,900, and Mike Doughty’s Golden Delicious debuts at #87 with sales reported at 8,500. The Raveonettes’ Lust Lust Lust opens at #108, selling 6,800 units, while Pastor Troy’s Attitude Adjuster claims the #116 position, scanning 6,400 copies. Kingdom of Sorrow’s self-titled debut enters at #131, after generating 6,000 scans, and finally, clocking sales of 3,700 for a #195 opening, it’s the Mountain Goats’ latest, Heretic Pride.