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On the Charts: "Mamma Mia!" Proves People Need More "Super Trouper"

August 13, 2008 11:33 AM ET

The Big News: On the strength of a movie that came out over a month ago, the Mamma Mia! soundtrack stormed to the top of the charts with an additional 130,000 people spending money on the soundtrack instead of just buying ABBA Gold (which of course sits at the top of the catalog charts). Miley Cyrus' Breakout clung to two for a second consecutive week, beating out last week's chart champ Sugarland's Love On the Inside, which dropped to three. Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus held on at four for a third straight week, maintaing chart dominance after a whopping 44 weeks on the list (more on that below). Interesting to note is M.I.A's Kala, which rose from 151 to 62 to 45 in a three week span, all thanks to that Pineapple Express trailer. Not bad for an album that came out a year ago.

Debuts: The debut front was weak, as the only rookie of note in the top ten was Lloyd's Lessons in Love came in at seven with 51,000 copies sold. Conor Oberst's non-Bright Eyes, self-titled album entered at 15, Randy Newman's Harps & Angels bowed at 30, Re-Up Gang's Clipse Presents: The Re-Up Gang barged in at 55 and way down the list, Mike Gordon of Phish scored 170 with his solo Green Sparrow.

Last Week's Heroes: With only two debuts in the top ten, the bulk of last week's heroes remained where they are, with only Nas' Untitled and the latest Kidz Bop dropping out. One interesting storyline looking ahead to next week is the Jonas Brothers, who went from 14 last week to 11 this week with their second album The Jonas Brothers, even though it came out last year. With their new album A Little Bit Longer new to stores this week, it'll be interesting to see the impact they make on next week's charts.

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