Groban leads U.S. pop charts in slow sales week
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Los Angeles tenor Josh Groban led the anemic U.S. pop album charts for a second week Wednesday, while rapper Pitbull scored the top new release at No. 50.
In what should be the busiest time of the year for labels and retailers, overall sales in the week ended December 2 were down 16.9% from the same week last year (12.26 million copies vs. 14.75 million), and down 12.1% from last week (13.94 million), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Year-to-date sales are down 14.5 percent from 2006.
Five acts broke the 100,000-unit mark this week; last year, 10 did, led by Incubus' "Light Grenades" at No. 1 with 165,000.
Groban's holiday-themed "Noel" sold 539,000 copies, a 33% increase in sales. The Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" jumped three places to No. 2 with 313,000 copies, fueled in part by a "60 Minutes" profile.
The next three acts were each down one: Alicia Keys' "As I Am" at No. 3 with 257,000 copies; hits compilation "Now 26" at No. 4 with 127,000; and Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" at No. 5 with 112,000.
The soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 2" held tight at No. 6 with 98,000. Miley Cyrus' Disney double-disc set "Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus" rebounded five to No. 7 with 96,000.
Sitting at No. 8 was Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" at No. 93,000. Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" fell two to No. 9 with 89,000. Holiday staple Mannheim Steamroller's "Christmas Song" rose 11 to No. 10 with 77,000.
Pitbull's "The Boatlift" sold 22,000. Coming in with only a few dozen sales fewer was rock band Mudvayne's fan-generated collection "By the People for the People" at No. 51.
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