Kelly Clarkson, U2 lead U.S. album charts
By Keith Caulfield
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Kelly Clarkson logged a second week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday, while U2's former chart-topper moved up one place to No. 2.
Clarkson's fourth album "All I Ever Wanted" sold 90,000 copies during the week ended March 22, taking its cumulative sales to more than 345,000 units.
U2's "No Line on the Horizon" followed with 76,000 in its third week, while rapper The-Dream's "Love Vs. Money" fell two to No. 4 with 56,000 in its second week.
The "Twilight" soundtrack rebounded 11 places to No. 3 with 74,000 after the set was relaunched March 17 with five bonus tracks and a DVD with interviews and music videos. The timing of the reissue coincided with the DVD release of the hit film on Saturday.
The chart's highest debut came from rapper Gorilla Zoe, who entered at No. 8 with his second set, "Don't Feed Da Animals," which sold 31,000 copies. His first effort, 2007's "Welcome to the Zoo," debuted and peaked at No. 18 with a 35,000 entrance.
The rest of the top 10 was a tad static: Lady GaGa's "The Fame" climbed one notch to No. 5 with 50,000; Taylor Swift's "Fearless" slipped one to No. 6 with 47,000; Nickelback's "Dark Horse" held at No. 7 with 34,000; Beyonce's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" dropped one to No. 9 with 27,000; and Jamie Foxx's "Intuition" was also down one, to No. 10, with 24,000.
Overall album sales totaled 6.14 million units, down 7% from the previous week, and down 31% from the year-ago period. Year-to-date album sales stand at 83.6 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year.
(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)
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