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There appear to be plenty of Asher Roth CDs available, and other notes from this week's chart

April 29, 2009 |  5:06 pm


The latest from rapper Rick Ross and the soundtrack to "Hannah Montana: The Movie" lead this week's pop chart. No real surprise at the top, as this marks the third time Ross has led the tally. His Def Jam set "Deeper Than Rap" sold 158,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving it an easy lead over "Montana," which sold 104,000 copies this week.

After debuting at No. 2 earlier this month, the "Hannah Montana" soundtrack has proven to have quite the staying power, picking up steam as the film has played out its theatrical run. To date, the album has sold more than 650,000 copies. The Disney property is even outpacing some other 2009 blockbusters. By comparison, Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" just topped the 500,000 mark.

Other notes from this week's pop chart:

-- There appear to be plenty of Asher Roth CDs still on the market. A week after telling XXL in a video interview that his label underestimated his sales potential, Roth's "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" landed at No. 5 for selling 65,000 copies -- a  number that includes physical CDs and digital albums. "Bread Aisle" sold 33,000 digital albums, meaning about 32,000 of his 65,000 sales were in the form of traditional CDs. His Schoolboy/SRC release is distributed by Universal, and XXL put the shipment at about 100,000 copies. If that number is accurate -- and for this portion of the blog post we're just going to go with it --  then that means there's still about 68,000 CDs sitting on retail shelves. Get 'em while they're hot.

-- Depeche Mode has a No. 3 debut with Mute's "Sounds of the Universe." The album moved 80,000 copies, buoyed some by a massive promotion that shut down Hollywood Boulevard last week. Now for the bad news: Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out that this is the lowest first-week total for a new Depeche Mode studio album in the SoundScan era (post-1991). The act's previous four efforts have all opened with more than 95,000 sales. 

Temper that, however, with the fact that Depehe Mode experimented a bit with the album's roll-out, offering fans an "iTunes Pass" for $19, which gave die-hards additional, non-album content from February through June. The key there is that any lost sales in this ever-declining music market wouldn't be as damaging due to the higher margins offered by the short-term subscription package. Depeche Mode sold 28,000 digital albums, but that number is not broken down as to who did and did not spring for the iTunes Pass.

-- Silver Lake update: The Silversun Pickups, who last week debuted inside the top 10 with "Swoon," drift down to No. 33. The band suffered a typical second-week 33% sales dip in its fall from No. 7 to No. 33, and sold 14,000 copies of the album. In two weeks, it's sold more than 57,000 copies. Meanwhile, the Airborne Toxic Event sits at No. 136 with its self-titled debut, an album that has sold more than 84,000 copies since its release in August. 

-- Todd Martens

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