Chart News: Mary J. Blige Lands the Number Two Spot With Huge Week

R&B singer Mary J. Blige was the only artist to debut in the Billboard 200 Top 10 this week, making a huge impact with her ‘Growing Pains,’ which moved 629,000 units to land solidly at #2. This is Blige’s sixth straight album to reach the Top 2, following 2005’s #1 hit The Breakthrough. The lead single from Growing Pains, “Just Fine”, is a recent Top 30 hit. The number one spot goes to Josh Groban, who moved 757,000 copies of Noel to hold onto the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the fifth straight week. Noel has now been #1 on the charts for more weeks than any holiday album before it, besting Elvis’ Christmas Album, which topped the charts for four non-consecutive weeks in the 50’s. The album is also the best-selling record of 2007. Despite a whopping 62% sales spike, Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” (J) slips 2-3 in its sixth week on the chart, selling 474,000. The Eagles’ “Long Road Out of Eden” (Eagles Recording Co.) also slides down one spot to No. 4 with 313,000 (+30%). Moving 260,000 copies, Miley Cyrus’ Disney double-disc set “Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus” jumps 7-5 thanks to a 46% sales increase from the previous week. The rest of the Top 10 also saw varied sales increases. Now 26 dropped from #4 to #6 in its sixth week (+22%), Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride hopped from #9 to #7 (+57%) and Taylor Swift held steady at #8 (+35%). High School Musical 2 continues to hang around, faling from #6 to #9, while Chris Brown’s Exclusive scored a giant 65% uptick in sales to reappear at #10.

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