Battle of the not-so-young ones at the top of the US charts

Battle of the not-so-young ones at the top of the US charts

Young Jeezy leads the way with his second straight number one album, but if Lil' Bow Wow can morph into Bow Wow before he reaches 20 surely it is time for 30-year-old Young Jeezy to become, well, Jeezy. As for runners-up New Kids On The Block, they are anything but...

Young Jeezy at least has a title appropriate to the current climate - Recession - but still managed to sell a shade under 260,000 copies. That's a pretty good total for 2008 but down on the 325,000 copies his last album, The Inspiration, sold when it debuted at number one in 2006.

But for Young Jeezy's release, New Kids On The Block would have pulled off a sensational return to number one, after an absence of more than 18 years. Their Block album sold 95,000 copies to take second slot on the chart, a position beaten only by their 1989 album Hangin' Tough, and the following year's Step By Step.

Also new to the Top 10 are a pair of Christian rock acts - Florida metal group Underoath 's sixth album, Lost In The Sound Of Separation, arrives at number eight on sales of 56,000, while Texan Chris Tomlin, a 36-year-old singer/songwriter, is a notch lower, with Hello Love on sales of 51,500.

Altogether, there are 15 new entries in the Top 200, none of them by British acts.

And there are no Brits in the Top 10, with top contender Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends by Coldplay slipping 10-12 with sales off 21% to 35,000.

Leona Lewis's Spirit (19-20), Duffy's Rockferry (29-33) and Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful Of Sunshine (64-84) also slip but M.I.A.'s Kala recovers 48-43, and Adele's 19 explodes 120-60.

The latter album, which peaked at number 53 in June, enjoys a 70% increase in sales to 8,000, boosting its 13-week sales tally to 119,000. The main reason for its big increase seems to be the inclusion of Chasing Pavements in the series premier of popular teen drama 90210 (formerly Beverly Hills, 90210). Chasing Pavements itself saw a 127% increase in purchases to 13,000, raising its career sales to 106,000.

Meanwhile, after dropping like a stone after the deletion of the digital single American Boy, Estelle's Shine album rebounds 127-99, with a 16% increase in sales to 5,400, lifting its lifetime sales to 109,500.

Although that's exactly the effect Estelle's record company was looking for when it killed American Boy, it seems they have judged the experiment a failure, as American Boy has been restored to availability on iTunes and other download sites.

It climbs 57-53 on the Hot 100 this week in a chart compiled prior to its re-release. In the Top 10 of iTunes Top Songs list at the time of writing, it should now return to the higher reaches of the chart, and complete its millionth sale.

A rival cover of American Boy, by the anonymous Studio All Stars, issued to cash-in on the original single's deletion, has now sold more than 100,000 copies, though potential buyers got wind of the fact the original was returning to download sites, and stopped buying the Studio All Stars version last week, hence its 52-93 plunge on the Hot 100. Another opportunistic cover, by The Starlite Singers, came very late to the party, and has sold 7,000 copies to date.

Elsewhere on the Hot 100, T.I.'s Whatever You Like spends a third week at number one but is under increasing threat from Pink's So What, which comprehensively whipped it on download sales (197,000 to 163,000) but is way behind on airplay.

The fastest mover on the chart is Just Stand Up!, the all-star charity collaboration of female solo stars under the banner Artists Stand Up Against Cancer. It explodes 78-11, with 109,000 sales and a small amount of airplay providing its thrust. Among the 15 artists on the track are Brits Leona Lewis and Natasha Bedingfield.

Lewis' second solo hit Better In Time stalls at number 22, though it retains a bullet, and increases sales by 6% to 54,000.

Finally, former Bush star Gavin Rossdale's debut solo single, Love Remains The Same took 11 weeks to reach the top half of the Hot 100 but has since moved 50-37-30. It sold 54,000 copies last week, and climbs 27-19 on the download chart.


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