August 14, 2008 / 12:42 AM / 10 years ago

"Mamma Mia!" soundtrack No. 1 on U.S. chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) - It took five weeks, but the ABBA-driven soundtrack to “Mamma Mia!” rose two places to No. 1 on the U.S. albums chart Wednesday.

Actor Pierce Brosnan (R) and his wife Keely Shaye-Smith arrive for the premiere of the film "Mamma Mia!" in New York, July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

The Decca Records release sold 130,000 copies in the week ended August 10, becoming the second soundtrack this year to reach the summit, following the “Juno” soundtrack in January.

The film soundtrack to “Mamma Mia!” features actors like Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan belting out ABBA favorites. The film has earned $104 million at the North American box office.

The last year two or more soundtracks earned the top spot on the Billboard 200 was in 1998, when “Titanic,” “City of Angels” and “Armageddon” all had their turn at No. 1.

ABBA has never had a top 10 album on the Billboard 200; the Swedish pop act’s highest charting set is 1978’s “The Album,” which peaked at No. 14.

Miley Cyrus’ “Breakout” was No. 2 for a second week with 102,000 copies. Last week’s chart-topper, Sugarland’s “Love on the Inside,” fell to No. 3 with 91,000. Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” was No. 4 for a third week, selling 90,000 copies.

Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” was steady at No. 5, also for a third week, after selling 67,000 copies. Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” rose one to No. 6 with 55,000 copies.

R&B star Lloyd’s third album, “Lessons in Love,” was hottest debut, bowing at No. 7 with 51,000 copies. His last set, 2007’s “Street Love,” began at No. 2 with 144,000.

The Jonas Brothers-led soundtrack to Disney’s “Camp Rock” rose one to No. 8 with 47,000. Rihanna’s newly reissued “Good Girl Gone Bad” jumped three to No. 9 with 44,000 copies.

Former Trick Pony vocalist Heidi Newfield’s solo debut “What Am I Waiting For” landed at No. 10 with 34,000.

Other new entries included country singer Keith Anderson’s “C’mon!” at No. 12, and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst’s self-titled solo debut at No. 15.

At 7.16 million units, sales this week were down 2.7 percent from last week’s sum and down 10.9 percent from the same week last year.


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