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Motley Crue debuts at No. 4 on the album chart

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On the album chart, we’re in the calm after the storm, as sales for Coldplay and Lil Wayne settled down to mortal levels while the new-release schedule reverted to its normal, blockbuster-free ways. Coldplay’s Viva la Vida stayed at No. 1 with 249,000 copies sold, a 66 percent drop from last week’s 721,000-unit opening. The second and third spots belonged to the same acts as last week, too: Lil Wayne, whose Tha Carter III (No. 2) was down 32 percent to 209,000 in its third week, and Disney’s Camp Rock soundtrack (No. 3), which sold 169,000 in week 2. That last title suffered a fall of only 10 percent, thanks to Jonas-mania being not quite as subject to diminishing returns as other musical phenomena. (More on your teen idols in a minute, kids!)

If the Jonas Brothers make you think at all about girls, girls, girls, then that’s the perfect segue to mentioning that Motley Crue entered at No. 4, selling 99,000 copies of Saints of Los Angeles, the band’s first album with its original lineup in more than a decade. In the No. 5 slot on the Nielsen Soundscan chart, Three 6 Mafia found out just how tough it is or isn’t out there for an Academy Award-winning hip-hop crew, moving a respectable 77,000 copies of Last 2 Walk, their first album since picking up the best song Oscar two years ago. Hard rock band Shinedown’s third album bowed at No. 8 with sales of 50,000, their best opening yet. Other new entries of note included Sigur Ros at No. 15 (32,000 copies) and Cute Is What We Aim For at No. 21 (23,000).

On the digital songs chart, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” had a second

week at the top, adding 206,000 downloads to its babealicious 1.2

million total. (Perry’s new album isn’t quite as hot as that track; the

CD fell four spots to No. 13 this week.) But the singles register is

all about the Jonas Brothers right now. The lads’ “Burnin’ Up” debuted

at No. 2 on Soundscan’s digital songs list with a fiery 183,000. A Joe

Jonas/Demi Lovato duet from the Camp Rock soundtrack, “This is

Me,” fell one spot to No. 3. The brothers’ “Play My Music” stands at

No. 12, and Joe’s “Gotta Find You” is No. 16. If you’re doing your

math, that’s four out of the top 16 singles claimed by one or more

Jonases. Increasingly, it’s looking like the release of the boys’ third

album in August will be one of the bigger launches of the year.

On the digital songs chart, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” had a secondweek at the top, adding 206,000 downloads to its babealicious 1.2million total. (Perry’s new album isn’t quite as hot as that track; theCD fell four spots to No. 13 this week.) But the singles register isall about the Jonas Brothers right now. The lads’ “Burnin’ Up” debutedat No. 2 on Soundscan’s digital songs list with a fiery 183,000. A JoeJonas/Demi Lovato duet from the Camp Rock soundtrack, “This isMe,” fell one spot to No. 3. The brothers’ “Play My Music” stands atNo. 12, and Joe’s “Gotta Find You” is No. 16. If you’re doing yourmath, that’s four out of the top 16 singles claimed by one or moreJonases. Increasingly, it’s looking like the release of the boys’ thirdalbum in August will be one of the bigger launches of the year.