On the Charts: Miley Cyrus Debuts at One, NIN Put Up Good Numbers

July 30, 2008 11:40 AM ET

The Big News: While her ex-boyfriend graces the cover of Rolling Stone, Miley Cyrus made headlines of her own this week by topping the charts, as her Breakout coasted with 372,000 copies sold to Disney Channel devotees. Country band Sugarland's Love on the Inside grabbed two with 314,000 copies. The Mamma Mia soundtrack had a big week with a sales boost of 84% from the previous week, which was good to grab third over Kid Rock's still-charging Rock & Roll Jesus and Lil Wayne's indestructible Tha Carter III. TC3 ended the week less than 2,800 copies away from double platinum status. And Coldplay's Viva La Vida dropped to six, its first week out of the top five. Most impressive was the performance of Nine Inch Nails' The Slip, which moved 29,000 copies in its first retail week despite having been available for free for months.

Debuts: Zack de la Rocha was on the charts for the first time since 2003, as his project One Day as a Lion's self-titled debut entered at 28 (not bad for a five song EP). Candlebox's Into the Sun, the Seattle band's first album in a decade, debuted at 32 with 14,000 copies sold. Buddy Guy and Skin Deep came in at 68, Dr. Dog's Fate was at 86 and CSS' Donkey strolled onto the charts way down at 189.

Last Week's Heroes: Maybe Bill O' Reilly was right when he called Untitled "a bomb," as Nas' new album dropped from one last week to eight this week after a 66% sales decrease. John Mellencamp's Life, Death, Love & Freedom experienced a similar decline, falling from seven to 16. David Banner's The Greatest Story Ever Told wasn't that great the second week around, spiraling from eight to 20, while O.A.R.'s All Sides torpedoed from 13 to 50.

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