Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Demi Does Daughtry, Jordin Sparks

Sure, the music snobs here at E! Online prefer Demi Lovato's acid-rock rendition of the Barney theme to anything off her latest CD. But everyone else seems to like Here We Go Again just fine.

The Disneyfied tween queen proved more popular than former American Idol stars Chris Daughtry and Jordin Sparks, debuting at No. 1. It's the first chart-topper for Lovato, whose rookie release, Don't Forget, opened at No. 2.

Speaking of No. 2, that's where Daughtry's Leave This Town is parked this week. Sparks's Battlefield, meanwhile, checked in at No. 7.

The number crunchers at Nielsen SoundScan report that Lovato's latest sold 107,000 to Daughtry's 100,000 last week, while Sparks' sophomore effort tallied 48,000.

Meanwhile, on the Catalog chart, Michael Jackson continues to rule. The King of Pop's Number Ones collection moved a week-best 151,000 units.

Overall, sales were down 9 percent compared to last week and down nearly 21 percent compared to the same week last year.

To recap, the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 are as follows:

  1. Here We Go Again, Demi Lovato
  2. Leave This Town, Daughtry
  3. BLACKsummers'night, Maxwell
  4. Now That's What I Call Music! 31, various
  5. Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack, various
  6. The E.N.D., Black Eyed Peas
  7. Battlefield, Jordin Sparks
  8. Only by the Night, Kings of Leon
  9. Fearless, Taylor Swift
  10. The Fame, Lady GaGa

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