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‘Idol’ vet Daughtry tops weak U.S. charts

“American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry took the top spot on the U.S. pop album charts Wednesday, but overall sales suffered another dire week.
/ Source: Billboard

“American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry took the top spot on the U.S. pop album charts Wednesday, but overall sales suffered another dire week.

Daughtry’s debut RCA album, released under his last name, jumped three places to take the crown in its ninth week of release by selling 65,000 copies in the period ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It marked the third week in a row that the No. 1 album has sold fewer than 100,000 copies. The last time this happened was in May and June of 1991, shortly after Billboard began using tracking firm SoundScan’s point-of-sales data to compile the Billboard 200. Sales so far this year are down 15 percent compared with 2006, at 25.6 million units.

The Daughtry album debuted at No. 2 in November and his not been lower than No. 11 since. Sales increased 30 percent over last week, likely due to last week’s premiere of the new season of “Idol” and the continued strong performance of the single “It’s Not Over” on the top 40 and Hot AC charts.

According to RCA, “Daughtry” is the first rock band release since Bon Jovi’s 1988 release “New Jersey” to work its way up to the top.

His margin over last week’s champ, Sony’s “Dreamgirls” soundtrack, was the slimmest ever between the top two titles on this chart, at about 130 copies.

Disney’s “Jump In!” soundtrack rose two places to No. 3 in its second week with 57,000 copies. Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled Capitol debut reached a new peak of No. 4 in its 31st chart week, climbing 28 spots. The British artist performed last week on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and is up for three Grammys next month.

R&B singer Akon’s “Konvicted” fell three to No. 5 with 52,000 copies, while Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” dropped three to No. 6 with 42,000. The hits compilation “NOW 23” held at No. 7 (36,000), Nickelback’s “All the Right Reasons” rose two to No. 8 with 35,000, and Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” rebounded six to No. 9 with 33,000. Beyonce’s “B’Day” fell four to No. 10 with 33,000.

Diana Ross, who has inspired Beyonce’s work with Destiny’s Child and as a solo artist, enjoyed the top debut on the chart this week with “I Love You” at No. 32, her best Billboard 200 ranking since 1984’s “Swept Away” peaked at No. 26. The new set sold 21,000 copies.

Frank Sinatra’s “Romance: Songs From the Heart” debuted at No. 36, his 10th album to chart since 2000. At No. 46, Al Green’s “The Definitive Greatest Hits” ranked as his highest-charting album since 1975, when “Al Green Is Love” peaked at No. 28.

Veteran soft rock outfit America returned to the Billboard 200 with “Here & Now,” which was produced by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha. The album debuted at No. 52, America’s best showing since “View From the Ground” went to No. 41 in 1982.