Newcomers Reign Top 3 in the 13th Week of Billboard 200

Modest Mouse, Joss Stone and Elliot Yamin respectively take the top three positions with their albums that just entered the chart for the first week.
The chart this week went through quite a change both in the number of copies sold and the albums reigning it. Coming first, second and third are all new comers. Modest Mouse's "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" sold the highest unit this week with 129,000 and therefore has the right to #1 spot. The tight competitor, Joss Stone's "Introducing Joss Stone" came in at No. 2 after selling 118,000 at the first week. Elliott Yamin with self-titled debut album meanwhile joins his fellow idol casts in the chart by sitting at #3 due to total sales of 90,000.

DAUGHTRY in its seventeenth week still holds its last week position at #4 after selling 76,000. With the kind of number, DAUGHTRY's self-titled album has sold a total of 2 million copies worldwide. A tie occurs between newcomer Marques Houston's "Veteran" and old reigner Akon's "Konvicted". "Veteran" and "Konvicted" have both sold an approximate of 69,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan but the former is positioned ahead at #5.

Lloyd's "Street Love" that had just entered last week at #2 quickly dropped 5 places to #7 after selling only 55,000. Another steeper plunge comes from "Luvanmusiq" by Musiq Soulchild that drops 1-8 with 54,000. Following behind is Rich Boy's self-titled album that sold 49,000. It was on the third place last week. Closing the chart is Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" that falls 7-10 after selling 48,000.

It is a slight improvement for the sales this week that rises by 2.5 per cent compared to last week. However, it is still an 18.2 per cent downfall from the sales of the same week last year. That makes the total album sales for 2007 is 8.5 million, a decrease of 17 percent from last year at 108 million units.

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