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G-Unit fails to terminate the album chart's leaders

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50_cent_steroid_l_2 A half-buck doesn’t go quite as far as it used to. G-Unit, the hip-hop crew led by 50 Cent (pictured), had the top debuting album on this week’s Nielsen Soundscan chart, coming in at No. 4. But opening week sales of 102,000 for T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight) pale against the 377,000 units their previous album scored with. Of course, that last album came out way back in 2003, and this one hasn’t generated any hit singles. Maybe Fitty will go crying to recently ousted G-Unit member Young Buck, begging him to rejoin the group? (Okay, probably not.)

Among holdovers, Lil Wayne and Coldplay swapped spots at the top of the album chart, with Weezy selling 156,000 to retake No. 1, and Chris Martin and company (who’d held the top spot for three weeks prior) moving 149,000 in second place. Disney’s Camp Rock soundtrack, featuring the Jonas Brothers, remained camped out at No. 3 with 116,000. John Mayer’s third live album, Where the Light Is, a CD/DVD combo package, came in at No. 5 with 75,000 sold—a better opening than either of his previous concert recordings.

G-Unit wasn’t the only act on a losing trajectory. Vanessa Hudgens’ sophomore effort bowed at No. 23 with just 22,000 copies, suggesting that the star of the just-wrapped High School Musical 3 shouldn’t be so quick to disavow a fourth installment of the franchise. Los Lonely Boys found the stores an even lonelier place, with 19,000 sold and a pallid No. 26 entry.

At least somebody could claim some good news: Kid Rock’s Rock N Roll Jesus reentered the top 10 for the first time since last November, jumping five spots this week to No. 7 after many months in the boonies. The reason for this resurrection? Credit a multi-format hit song, “All Summer Long,” which samples Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”—simultaneously. Even though the tune has yet to peak at radio, it’s boosting the album in a big way. Part of that may be because Kid Rock hasn’t allowed the album to go on sale at iTunes because he doesn’t want fans downloading individual tracks. Anyone who loves “Summer” and has qualms about picking it up off an illicit file-sharing site has to shell out for the whole thing.

On Soundscan’s digital songs chart, Katy Perry remains on top with “I Kissed a Girl,” which added 191,000 downloads to a total that’s just shy of 1.4 million. Even if it can’t compete with girl-on-girl action, the Jonas Brothers’ “Burnin’ Up” is in no danger of being extinguished, holding at No. 2 with 118,000. Miley Cyrus’ “7 Things” came close to edging out her labelmates, moving up to No. 3 with 117,000. The highest new entry among digital songs was John Mayer’s live cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” debuting at No. 20 with 51,000. Don’t hate him because he sells records and makes the cover of the Enquirer.

At least somebody could claim some good news: Kid Rock’s Rock N Roll Jesus reentered the top 10 for the first time since last November, jumping five spots this week to No. 7 after many months in the boonies. The reason for this resurrection? Credit a multi-format hit song, “All Summer Long,” which samples Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”—simultaneously. Even though the tune has yet to peak at radio, it’s boosting the album in a big way. Part of that may be because Kid Rock hasn’t allowed the album to go on sale at iTunes because he doesn’t want fans downloading individual tracks. Anyone who loves “Summer” and has qualms about picking it up off an illicit file-sharing site has to shell out for the whole thing.

On Soundscan’s digital songs chart, Katy Perry remains on top with “I Kissed a Girl,” which added 191,000 downloads to a total that’s just shy of 1.4 million. Even if it can’t compete with girl-on-girl action, the Jonas Brothers’ “Burnin’ Up” is in no danger of being extinguished, holding at No. 2 with 118,000. Miley Cyrus’ “7 Things” came close to edging out her labelmates, moving up to No. 3 with 117,000. The highest new entry among digital songs was John Mayer’s live cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” debuting at No. 20 with 51,000. Don’t hate him because he sells records and makes the cover of the Enquirer.