This isn’t the Jonas Bros.’ week. First, their movie “The 3D Concert Experience” cedes first place in the box office to Tyler Perry’s “Medea Goes to Jail.” Now, the soundtrack to the movie, which all of us clever pundits were sure would come in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, comes in at No. 3 behind Taylor Swift (maybe this is her final act of revenge for being dumped by Joe Jonas) and metal group Lamb of God’s “Wrath.”
Not only that, but Swift’s album, in a very rare move at this stage in the game, sold more this week then it did last week. It increased 18% in sales to 73,000 units, according to Billboard . “Fearless” is now only one week away from spending the most weeks at No. 1
The last CD to spend so many weeks at No. 1 was Santana’s “Supernatural” in 1999-2000. It spent 12 weeks at the summit. “Fearless” has now hit 11 weeks at No. 1 and we’re betting it now surpasses “Supernatural” before it is done. Why is “Fearless” continuing its march, you may ask? The main reason is that “Love Story,” which was the first single released to country radio last fall in advance of the album’s release, is now reaching the peak of its crossover onto the pop charts, meaning that Top 40 listeners, who previously dismissed Swift as some country sensation, are still discovering her.
“Slumdog Millionaire” continues as the little movie and soundtrack that could. Following the film’s eight Oscar wins, the CD soars from No. 22 to No. 4 with a 109% increase in sales. “Jai Ho,” indeed.
There’s also good news for Lady Gaga, who’s album “Fame jumps from No. 10 to No. 7. At the rate she’s going, she may be that rare creature that hits the top of the album chart months after the album’s initial release.
Next week, U2 has a lock on coming in at No. 1 (we swear we’re right, this time) It’s just a matter of what the number will be. God knows, the Irish boys are doing everything but going door to door to promote the “No Line on the Horizon”: five straight nights on Letterman, Friday morning on “Good Morning America,” playing the Grammys, etc. The band’s last studio album, ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” sold more than 800,000 its first week in 2004. Those days are gone, my friend, and aren’t coming back, but I predict somewhere around 400,000 for the first week with a fairly steep drop off and then it will pick back up when the next single comes out and the band announces its summer tour-which is going to include stadiums.
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