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It's still hard out there for a pimp, but apparently it's not much easier for a saint.

Mötley Crüe's Saints of Los Angeles and Three 6 Mafia's Last 2 Walk were the week's biggest bows, but neither came close to the three albums that pulled a Groundhog Day up top.

Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends held the No. 1 spot for the week ended Sunday, selling another 249,000 copies, per Nielsen SoundScan. Lil Wayne followed at No. 2 with 209,000 copies of Tha Carter III, and the Jonas Brothers-led Camp Rock soundtrack held at No. 3 with 169,000.

In just three weeks, Lil Wayne has sold 1.53 million copies, giving Tha Carter III a commanding lead as the year's best-selling album. Coldplay's Viva la Vida is already the fifth best-selling album of 2008, with 971,000 copies sold in just two weeks.

The Crüe, meanwhile, scored the week's biggest debut, opening at No. 4 with 99,000 copies, while Three 6 Mafia—best known for the Oscar-winning "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"—sold 77,000 copies at No. 5.

Shinedown's The Sound of Madness landed the third and final top 10 bow at No. 8, moving 50,000 copies.

Other notable debuts included Sigur Rós' Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust at No. 15, Cute Is What We Aim For's Rotation at No. 21, Amos Lee's Last Days at the Lodge at No. 29, Dwele's Sketches of a Man at No. 35 and Superchick's Rock What You Got at No. 65.

Over on the digital tracks chart, Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" held the top spot on 187,000 copies sold, though the Jonas Brothers' "Burnin' Up" sold a massive 183,000 copies in its debut. Expect a huge bump for the sibling singers on tomorrow's Hot 100 chart.

Overall, album sales were down nearly 8 percent from last week and 13 percent compared to the same week last year, when the Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack led the charts.

Next week, look for the Fiddy-led G-Unit to make a play for No. 1 with T.O.S. (Terminate On Sight).

To recap, the top 10 albums were as follows:

  1. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay
  2. Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne
  3. Camp Rock soundtrack, various
  4. Saints of Los Angeles, Mötley Crüe
  5. Last 2 Walk, Three 6 Mafia
  6. Now That's What I Call Music! 28, various
  7. Here I Stand, Usher
  8. The Sound of Madness, Shinedown
  9. Indestructible, Disturbed
  10. Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna
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