American Songwriter Reads The Charts: Kelly Clarkson Laughs Off The Decemberists’ Advances

Kelly Clarkson waited five years to be back at the top of the charts, and, for this week at least, she ain’t going nowhere.

Kelly Clarkson waited five years to be back at the top of the charts, and, for this week at least, she ain’t going nowhere.

Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted claimed the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 for a second week in a row. U2 follow close behind at #2; their No Line On The Horizon (which we rate at a solid 3.5 stars — nowhere near as bad as the worst things being said about it, and not as earth-shatteringly genius as some would have you believe) moves up a slot from last week, yet went down 42% in sales.

The Decemberists right now are the little rock band that could — all their hard work writing concept albums and performing them verbatim has paid off — their second major label album The Hazards of Love debuted at #14, selling 19,000 copies. Other chart debuts this week include new ones by rappers Gorilla Zoe and Twiztid.

Overall, Billboard reports that album sales, at 6.14 million units, were down 7% compared to last week, and are a whopping 31% lower than they were this week one year ago.

The country’s top 10 albums this week:

1. Kelly Clarkson – All I Ever Wanted
2. U2 – No Line On the Horizon
3. Various Artists – Twilight Soundtrack
4. The-Dream – Love Vs. Money
5. Lady GaGa – The Fame
6.Taylor Swift – Fearless
7. Nickelback – Dark Horse
8. Gorilla Zoe – Don’t Feed Da Animals
9. Beyonce I Am … Sasha Fierce
10. Jamie Foxx – Intuition


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