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Cassadaga

Author: Katie Hasty
04/18/2007 | Billboard.com | www.billboard.com | Feature
In a slow week for new releases, the "NOW 24" hits compilation stays atop of the The Billboard 200 for a second week, despite a 58% drop in U.S. sales to 89,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Tim McGraw's Curb set "Let It Go" holds at No. 2 with a 63% decrease to 66,000, while Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal) jumps 9-3 on a 20% drop to 60,000.

There are some bright spots on this week's chart, however, led by Nebraska rock troupe Bright Eyes. The band earns its best sales and charting week as "Cassadaga" bows at No. 4 with 58,000 units. The Conor Oberst-led group had previous bests with the simultaneous 2005 release of a pair of albums, "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" and "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn," which debuted at No. 10 and No. 15 respectively. "Wide Awake" started with 56,000 and has since moved 394,000 copies.

Timbaland's Mosley Music Group/Interscope set "Timbaland Presents Shock Value" parks at No. 5 for a second week, also with 58,000 (-58%), only a few dozen short of Bright Eyes' total. Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut climbs 7-6 with a 45% sales slip at 54,000 copies, while Beyonce's "B'Day" (Sony Urban) flip-flops with Daughtry 6-7 with 51,000 (-59%). Martina McBride's "Waking Up Laughing" (RCA) descends 4-8 with 50,000, a 64% sales hit.

Comprising members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface, metal supergroup HellYeah bows at No. 9 with its self-titled Epic debut. The set moved 45,000 with help from lead single "You Wouldn't Know," which is climbing up the Active Rock chart. The album is the only other debut besides "Cassadaga" to enter in the top 40 slots of the Billboard 200 this week.

Alison Krauss' "A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection" (Rounder) rounds out the top tier, holding tight at No. 10 with 42,000 (-42%).

Other debuts this week include Chayanne's "Mi Tiempo" (Sony International) at No. 42, his highest charting album yet; the Clark Sisters' "Live: One Last Time" (EMI Gospel) at No. 56 with 12,000; veteran indie rock act Blonde Redhead's "23" (Touch & Go) at No. 63 with 11,000 -- a charting and sales best; Brother Ali's "The Undisputed Truth" (Rhymesayers) at No. 69, also with 11,000; and From Autumn To Ashes' Vagrant release "Holding a Wolf by the Ears" at No. 74 with 10,000.

Album sales are down 23.8% from last week's total at 8.05 million units and down 32% compared to the same week last year.
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