It's good to be back. That's what Kelly Clarkson must be thinking, as her return-to-form All I Ever Wanted will top the Billboard albums sales chart again next week. Though it suffered a steep 65 percent drop from its first-week sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the 90,000 copies sold this week were enough to hold on to the top spot.
Clarkson was able to fend off U2's No Line on the Horizon, which hit #2 despite a 42 percent drop in sales on the heels of suffering a 60-plus percent nosedive in its second week. Horizon moved 76,000 units as it edged toward a total of 700,000 sold in less than a month. It was all the Irish rockers could do to hold back a hard charge from the resurgent special-edition soundtrack to "Twilight," which bolted up 11 spots on a 250 percent uptick in business to 74,000, goosed, no doubt, by the smash first-week DVD sales of the movie.
The-Dream's Love vs. Money also suffered a major drop-off (63 percent) in sales, but slipped into #4 with 56,000 satisfied customers, just ahead of Lady Gaga's The Fame, which took up the #5 spot with sales of 50,000. That meant that former chart dominatrix Taylor Swift's Fearless was pushed out of the top five for the first time since the album's release last year. Swift landed at #6 with sales of 47,000, followed by Nickelback's Dark Horse (#7 with 34,000), the chart debut of Bad Boy's Gorilla Zoe at #8 with 31,000 copies of Don't Feed Da Animals sold, Beyoncé's I Am ... Sasha Fierce (#9 with 27,000) and Jamie Foxx's remarkably strong Intuition, which held down the #10 spot with 24,000 units shifted.
As for the other chart debuts, Twiztid hit #11 with 23,000 copies sold of W.I.C.K.E.D., the Decemberists hit a new career-high chart position with a #14 bow of their concept album Hazards of Love (19,000), Static-X slide into the #16 position with 19,000 copies moved of Cult of Static and, way down at #136, CNN (Capone-N-Noreaga) shifted 4,000 copies of Channel 10.
Carrie Underwood got the "Idol" bump, with her year-and-a-half-old juggernaut Carnival Ride jumping from #42 to #15 on sales of 19,000 thanks to her appearance on her old stomping grounds, where she sang a duet with Randy Travis. Elsewhere, J. Holiday took a big tumble from his #4 debut last week, dropping to #20 as sales of Round 2 dipped more than 70 percent to 16,000, while Chris Cornell's Timbaland-produced Scream lost its voice, plummeting 55 spots from its #10 debut last week with week-two sales of 7,000. The news was no better for Sum 41, whose greatest-hits album, All the Good Sh--: 14 Solid Gold Hits, squeaked out just 3,000 sales to debut at #154.
The charts should get a bit of a shake-up next week when the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack debuts, along with the oft-delayed In a Perfect World from Keri Hilson.