Sales drop, but Carey stays at top

Times Staff Writer

Sales of Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" fell 61% in its second week, but the album still managed to top the national sales chart and earn gold status, thanks to moving 645,000 copies since its April 15 release.

Carey's album is expected to yield the top spot next week to Madonna's "Hard Candy," which was released Tuesday. Sales should be helped by CD prices as low as $9.99 at and Best Buy.

Just behind Carey's album, Leona Lewis' "Spirit" spent another week at No. 2, with sales of 96,000, virtually the same as the album sold a week earlier.

The highest chart entry this week comes from New Zealand digi-folk duo Flight of the Conchords, which enters at No. 3 with sales of 52,000 for its debut album, "Flight of the Conchords." The album was helped by exposure members Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are getting from HBO's series documenting their travails trying to make it in the U.S.

Ashlee Simpson's "Bittersweet World" falls in behind the Conchords at No. 4. Her third album sold 47,000 copies, a sharp drop from the 220,000 logged in the first week by its 2005 predecessor, "I Am Me." It has sold a total of 944,000 copies. Her 2004 debut, "Autobiography," had first-week sales of 398,000 and has sold 2.9 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Atmosphere's "When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That . . . Gold" debuts at No. 5 on sales of 36,000 copies.


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