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Change might be coming to the White House, but it's the veteran incumbent who won another big showdown.
Despite a strong showing by Pink and four other top 10 bows, AC/DC's Black Ice skated its way to another week at No. 1. The rockers' Wal-Mart release held the high post by selling another 271,000 copies to cross the 1 million sales mark in its second week.
Pink, who landed her first solo No. 1 hit last September with "So What," failed to notch her first No. 1 album. Funhouse finished in the runner-up slot with 180,000, per Nielsen SoundScan figures.
Nevertheless, the former Mrs. Carey Hart did manage to top the charts in the U.K., New Zealand, Switzerland, the Netherlands and even Australia, where she toppled native sons AC/DC.
Grammy-winning soul man John Legend debuted at No. 4 with his third album, Evolver, selling 133,000 copies. Many moons ago, Legend was the first artist signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music record label.
Toby Keith, best known for his pro-war anthems and anti-Dixie Chick tirades, shimmied more to the center with That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy selling 91,000 copies at No. 5. The country crooner debuted at No. 2 last May with 35 Biggest Hits and at No. 1 last year with Big Dog Daddy.
The week's other top 10 bows included Rascal Flatts' Greatest Hits, Vol. I (89,000 at No. 6), Céline Dion's My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection (57,000 at No. 8) and Snow Patrol's Hundred Million Suns (48,000 at No. 9).
Just missing the top 10 were Ryan Adams' Cardinology (40,000 at No. 11), while the Cure's 4:13 Dream debuted at No. 16 (24,000).
In all, there were 11 debuts in the top 20, rounded out by Lady Gaga's The Fame at No. 17, the CD version of Bloc Party's Intimacy at No. 18 and Michael W. Smith's A New Hallelujah at No. 19.
Other notable debuts included the Kottonmouth Kings' Green Album at No. 42 and Queen & Paul Rodgers' first album of all-new material, Cosmos Rocks, at No. 47.
Meanwhile, over on the Digital Tracks chart, Taylor Swift debuted at No. 1 with "You're Not Sorry" downloaded 153,000 times. Look for a big bow on tomorrow's Hot 100 chart as well.
Oddly enough, copies of Michael Jackson's Thriller flew off the retail racks last week as Madame Tussauds New York recruited fans to help break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing the "Thriller" dance. While it took just 73 fans to break the record last Thursday, the event helped Jacko sell another 31,000 copies (up from 2,800 copies the week before) to jump 46 spots to No. 1 on the Catalog chart.
Sales overall are down nearly 2 percent from last week and down 30 percent compared to the same week last year, when another Wal-Mart release, the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden rewrote the chart rules to top Britney Spears at No. 1.
Here's a recap of the top 10 for the week ended Sunday:
- Black Ice, AC/DC
- Funhouse, Pink
- High School Musical 3: Senior Year soundtrack, various
- Evolver, John Legend
- That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, Toby Keith
- Greatest Hits, Vol. I, Rascal Flatts
- Paper Trail, T.I.
- My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection, Céline Dion
- Hundred Million Suns, Snow Patrol
- Lucky Old Sun, Kenny Chesney