The Big News: In its third week week of release, the High School Musical 2 soundtrack is actually slipping — the tween crack remains number one, but selling 209,996 copies soon, it only bests its nearest competitor by about 80,000 records. Christian soft-rockers Casting Crowns debuted at # 2, selling 128,932 albums, while considerably less Christian music from Yung Joc finished at number 3 in its first week, with 69,078.

Debuts: Besides Casting Crowns and Yung Joc, Cali hard rockers Atreyu entered the chart at number eight, just prior to the latest from Ben Harper along with the Innocent Criminals. Further along the chart, Lyle Lovett’s latest were only available in at number eighteen,while another Christian act, Mercy Me, entered at forty-three, pot-rappers Kottonmouth Kings debuted at forty-four, and indie-rap star Aesop Rock finished at fifty.

Last Week’s Sales Heroes?: The kiddie contact high from HSM2 dons off, since the Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack slips to # 4. The irrepressible Fergie is back nearly number five, the Hairspray soundtrack drop in order to six, the Now! 25 compilation to seven, and Nickelback, in the 100th week of release, hangs in at number ten, having sold a mind-bending 5,857,555 copies thus far.

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