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Chart Watch: Danity Kane, Leona Lewis lead the way

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Hot-diggity Danity! This week, P. Diddy’s Making the Band 3 girl group, Danity Kane, earned its second No. 1 album in a row, managing to capture an even bigger opening-week tally with Welcome to the Dollhouse than they did with their 2006 self-titled debut. It wasn’t a hugely higher figure, mind you: Dollhouse bowed with 236,000 copies, compared to 234,000 units for the first record’s opening week. Still, 236,000 sales is the second-best bow so far this year, trailing only the 375,000 debut for Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through the Static, back in February.

Hip-hop artist Flo Rida came in second among new entries on the album chart, selling 86,000 copies of Mail on Sunday to debut at No. 4. Surely, he had to be hoping for better: His “Low” single is the bestselling digital download track of all time, having sold 3.3 million units over the last four months. But apparently, the massive tune didn’t whet everyone’s appetite for a full course meal.

Gnarls Barkley’s sophomore effort, The Odd Couple, debuted at No. 18 with 31,000 sales. That may not sound very gnarly, but almost all of those sales were full-length downloads sold via Web retailers like iTunes after the label rush-released the album to combat widespread leaks. Now that it’s at brick-and-mortar stores as well, the much-anticipated disc could chart at least as well again next week.

Sales for most charting holdover albums were up this week, which can be attributed to

schools’ spring breaks, but nothing benefited during the pre-Easter

sales period as much as family-friendly albums. The big winners included Hannah Montana 2 (climbing from No. 16 to No. 6 with a 137 percent sales increase), Taylor Swift (moving from No. 12 to No. 8, and up 74 percent in sales), Alvin and the Chipmunks (No. 11, a 49 percent gain), the Jonas Brothers (No. 12, up 197 percent), Carrie Underwood (zooming from No. 33 to No. 15), Kidz Bop 3 (up from No. 31 to No. 16), and Radio Disney Jams 10 (up from No. 48 to No. 20).

On the digital songs chart, Leona Lewis got her expected post-Oprah

bump. The single “Bleeding Love,” which the British singer performed on the talk queen’s March 17 show, sold 219,000 copies as a download this week, up

82 percent from the previous week, for a total of 537,000 sold to

date. (Her album is due in April.) Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” had the

biggest sales increase, though — 810 percent! — moving from No. 78 to No. 2,

with weekly sales of 143,000, versus 16,000 the week before. That

pushed Usher’s still-strong “Love in This Club” to No. 3 on the digital

songs chart, though Usher is still tops in the radio airplay realm.

Sales for most charting holdover albums were up this week, which can be attributed toschools’ spring breaks, but nothing benefited during the pre-Eastersales period as much as family-friendly albums. The big winners included Hannah Montana 2 (climbing from No. 16 to No. 6 with a 137 percent sales increase), Taylor Swift (moving from No. 12 to No. 8, and up 74 percent in sales), Alvin and the Chipmunks (No. 11, a 49 percent gain), the Jonas Brothers (No. 12, up 197 percent), Carrie Underwood (zooming from No. 33 to No. 15), Kidz Bop 3 (up from No. 31 to No. 16), and Radio Disney Jams 10 (up from No. 48 to No. 20).

On the digital songs chart, Leona Lewis got her expected post-Oprahbump. The single “Bleeding Love,” which the British singer performed on the talk queen’s March 17 show, sold 219,000 copies as a download this week, up82 percent from the previous week, for a total of 537,000 sold todate. (Her album is due in April.) Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” had thebiggest sales increase, though — 810 percent! — moving from No. 78 to No. 2,with weekly sales of 143,000, versus 16,000 the week before. Thatpushed Usher’s still-strong “Love in This Club” to No. 3 on the digitalsongs chart, though Usher is still tops in the radio airplay realm.

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