Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mouse Ears All Over the Chart

Compiled by Dave Itzkoff (NY Times)

Teenage and tween-age listeners had plenty to squeal about this week as Demi Lovato, above right, and other Disney-spawned acts were widely represented on the Billboard album sales chart. Ms. Lovato, the 16-year-old Disney star, opened at No. 1 with her second album, “Here We Go Again,” which sold 108,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (The week’s best-selling album was Michael Jackson’s “Number Ones,” which sold 154,000 copies but is considered a catalog album and isn’t tracked on the Billboard 200 chart.) Farther down that chart, Ms. Lovato’s Disney colleague Miley Cyrus was No. 5 with the “Hannah Montana 3” soundtrack (54,000 copies); the “Hannah Montana” movie soundtrack and the Jonas Brothers’ “Lines, Vines and Trying Times” also placed in the Top 20. The Top 5 was rounded out by Daughtry’s “Leave This Town” (RCA) at No. 2; Maxwell’s “BLACKsummers’night” (Columbia) at No. 3; and the 31st installment of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilation at No. 4. Jordin Sparks, the 2007 “American Idol” winner, was No. 7 with her second album, “Battlefield” (Jive).

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