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Miley and Sugarland pour some sugar on the album chart

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Hannahmontana_lWe recently learned that Miley Cyrus can sell magazines. The issue of Vanity Fair that featured her controversial photo shoot was that mag’s strongest seller so far this year. Now, it’s been reaffirmed that she can sell albums, too. The 15-year-old star’s Breakout bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan chart with an impressive 371,000 copies. That’s this year’s sixth biggest first-week tally. And it marks an improvement on the 326,000-copy opening for last year’s Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, a hybrid package that was half TV soundtrack, half solo debut.

Also bettering their previous best were the country-rock duo Sugarland. Their third album, Love on the Inside, came in at a solid No. 2 with 314,000 sold, a big uptick from their previous top sales week, which had been 211,000. All 314K in sales were for a “deluxe edition” of the album, which includes five cuts not found on the standard edition. Yes, curiously, Sugarland released their deluxe package a week before the “regular” CD—apparently the first major act ever to pull such an odd maneuver. The lower-priced, budget-conscious edition came out just this Tuesday, and sales for both versions will be tabulated together on next week’s chart. (Click through to the jump for a report on the rest of this week’s chart activity, including the week’s No. 1 single!)

In third place, the Mamma Mia! soundtrack got a hefty

boost—as expected—upon the release of the movie; weekly sales were up

84 percent, to 168,000. (It’s also produced an unlikely hit single;

more on that below.) Kid Rock’s recently dormant Rock N Roll Jesus

continued its startling re-ascent, up another 26 percent to 93,000

units and up two spots to No. 4. Last week’s charttopper, Nas’ Untitled, took a 66 percent tumble and fell to No. 8. The top 10 sellers were rounded out by Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Camp Rock, NOW 28, and Taylor Swift’s newish Wal-Mart-only release.

Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” managed to dominate both the hot

digital songs chart and Billboard’s Hot 100 yet again; it sold 151,000

downloads this week, for a total to date of almost 1.9 million.

Rihanna’s “Disturbia” jumped five spots to No. 2 on the digital sales

chart, with 122,000 downloads. The Jonas Brothers’ “Burnin’ Up” moved

up a spot to third place, selling another 108,000 in advance of their

third album’s impending August release.

Meanwhile, look out for an up-and-coming pop star named Meryl

Streep. Her cover of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” moved up to No. 48 on the

digital songs chart, with 27,000 downloads; Streep’s tune also debuted

on Billboard’s venerable Hot 100 at No. 99. Watch your back, Miley!

In third place, the Mamma Mia! soundtrack got a heftyboost—as expected—upon the release of the movie; weekly sales were up84 percent, to 168,000. (It’s also produced an unlikely hit single;more on that below.) Kid Rock’s recently dormant Rock N Roll Jesuscontinued its startling re-ascent, up another 26 percent to 93,000units and up two spots to No. 4. Last week’s charttopper, Nas’ Untitled, took a 66 percent tumble and fell to No. 8. The top 10 sellers were rounded out by Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Camp Rock, NOW 28, and Taylor Swift’s newish Wal-Mart-only release.

Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” managed to dominate both the hotdigital songs chart and Billboard’s Hot 100 yet again; it sold 151,000downloads this week, for a total to date of almost 1.9 million.Rihanna’s “Disturbia” jumped five spots to No. 2 on the digital saleschart, with 122,000 downloads. The Jonas Brothers’ “Burnin’ Up” movedup a spot to third place, selling another 108,000 in advance of theirthird album’s impending August release.

Meanwhile, look out for an up-and-coming pop star named MerylStreep. Her cover of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” moved up to No. 48 on thedigital songs chart, with 27,000 downloads; Streep’s tune also debutedon Billboard’s venerable Hot 100 at No. 99. Watch your back, Miley!