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Daughtry claims top spot (again)

March 08, 2007|Geoff Boucher | Times Staff Writer

DAUGHTRY, the band fronted by Chris Daughtry of "American Idol" fame, has the No. 1 album in the country this week after selling 90,000 copies of its self-titled debut.

It was another sluggish week for music sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which reported that total sales were down a bruising 23% from the same week last year.

The Daughtry CD has sold a total of 1.8 million copies since its release 15 weeks ago, and this is the second time it's risen to the top spot on the chart, thanks in large part to the longevity of the radio hit "It's Not Over."

It was also an especially skimpy week for new releases. The only newcomer in the Top 40, "We Got This" from B.G. and the Chopper City Boyz, came in at No. 20 with sales of 27,000 copies. The release marks a comeback effort for New Orleans rapper B.G., who a decade ago had the lexicon-changing hit "Bling Bling."

The biggest sales increase in the Top 20 belonged to a CD enjoying a post-Oscar glow. Sales of the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack jumped 19%, and on the chart that took it to No. 8, up from No. 16. Jennifer Hudson won the Oscar for best supporting actress, and the music from the film was featured prominently in the Feb. 25 telecast.

The chart may get some new blood next week in the form of a greatest-hits package from the late Notorious B.I.G., Korn's "MTV Unplugged" session, the new Relient K release and the sophomore album from the Arcade Fire.

geoff.boucher@latimes.com

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