November 12, 2008 / 9:07 PM / 11 years ago

"Twilight" bumps AC/DC from top of album chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) - The soundtrack to the keenly anticipated vampire movie “Twilight” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, ending AC/DC’s two-week reign.

Actress Kristen Stewart arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles September 7, 2008. Stewart stars in the new film "Twilight". The film's soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart, ending AC/DC's two-week reign. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

The “Twilight” disc sold 165,000 copies during the week ended November 9 — of which 29% (48,000) were digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This marks the second biggest digital week for a soundtrack since the tracking firm began monitoring album download sales in 2004. “High School Musical 2” bowed with 62,000 downloads in August 2007.

“Twilight” is also the third No. 1 soundtrack this year after “Juno” and “Mamma Mia!” The Atlantic Records release, issued in advance of the movie’s U.S. theatrical premiere on November 21, boasts tracks from Linkin Park, Muse and Paramore. It’s based on the popular vampire-themed book series from author Stephenie Meyer.

AC/DC’s “Black Ice” slipped to No. 2 with 160,000 units. The soundtrack to Disney’s “High School Musical 3” held at No. 3 with 110,000.

Hinder’s second album “Take It to the Limit” bowed at No. 4 with 81,000 units, besting the No. 6 peak of the rock band’s 2005 debut, “Extreme Behavior.” However, that effort ended up spending 96 weeks on the chart on its way to 2.7 million in sales.

Pink’s “Funhouse” slid three places to No. 5 with 73,000 units, while John Legend’s “Evolver” fell two to No. 6 with 72,000. Both are in their second week on the Billboard 200. T.I.’s “Paper Trail” was steady at No. 7 with 69,000.

Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli arrived at No. 8 with “Incanto,” which moved 62,000 units. His last studio effort, “Amore,” began at No. 3 with 113,000 in 2006.

Brad Paisley’s mostly instrumental album “Play” started at No. 9 with 54,000. Rascal Flatts’ “Greatest Hits Volume 1” fell four to No. 10 with 39,000.

Other debuts included Sarah Brightman’s “A Winter Symphony” at No. 38 with 14,000 and the Starbucks holiday compilation “Winter Wonderland” at No. 42 with 12,000.

Album sales stood at 7.02 million units last week, up 1% from the previous week, and down 29% from the same week last year.


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