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On the Charts: Jonas Bros. Hold Off Kid Rock, Staind To Keep Top Spot

August 27, 2008 11:48 AM ET

The Big News: The Jonas Brothers held onto first place for the second straight week despite a 72% sales decline, selling an additional 146,000 copies of A Little Bit Longer. But the biggest news was the continued renaissance of Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus, with the year-old album moving from three last week to two thanks to another 100K copies sold. A pair of debuts and a film soundtrack rounded out the top five, with Staind's Illusion of Progress and Ice Cube's Raw Footage at three and five sandwiching the Mamma Mia soundtrack at four.

Debuts: Other than Staind and Cube, the chart was rife with low impact debuts, with Shwayze's self-titled first album leading the charge at 10. The Cheetah Girls' One World soundtrack came in 13, giving Disney acts five albums in the top 20 (two Jonas', a Miley, the Cheetahs and Camp Rock). Other notables include the new album from the Academy Is... at 17, GZA's Pro Tools at 52, Toadies' No Deliverance at 59 and the Walkmen's You & Me at 71.

Last Week's Heroes: The Jonas were both the big winners and losers, as while Little Bit held onto one, their self-titled sophomore album dropped from 10 to 20. The only other two albums to abscond from last week's top ten were Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad reissue, which moved from 9 to 12, and Coldplay's Viva La Vida, which dropped out of the top ten for the first time, falling from 7 to 11. And congrats to Leona Lewis, whose Spirit joined the platinum plaque club with a million copies sold.

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