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On the Charts: Death Cab for Cutie Climb "Narrow Stairs" to Top Spot

May 21, 2008 12:10 PM ET

The Big News: Death Cab for Cutie enjoyed their first ever number one album as their Narrow Stairs cruised to the top spot thanks to 143,586 copies sold. The umpteenth posthumous Frank Sinatra release Nothing But the Best grabbed number two in a week dominated by debuts, with Jason Mraz's We Sing We Dance We Steal Things taking the third spot and Breaking Artist Duffy's debut Rockferry bowing at four. Divas fought for the fifth spot, but it was Leona Lewis' Spirit claiming victory over Mariah and Madonna.

Debuts: Outside the top ten, other noteworthy debuts include Knoxville alterna-metalers 10 Days' Division at twelve, the soundtrack for whatever chronicle of Narnia is in theatres at twenty-six and the reunited Filter's Anthems of the Dead at forty-two. Foxy Brown went from the jailhouse to the charts, as her Brooklyn's Don Diva debuted at eighty-three.

Last Week's Heroes: Feeling the effects of a post-American Idol hangover, Neil Diamond's Home Before Dark dropped from one to seven. Mariah Carey's E=MC2 held strong at the six spot, while Madonna's Hard Candy began to stale, falling from three to eight. The biggest fall was reserved for Clay Aiken as his On My Way Here tumbled from four to eighteen.

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