Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010

Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday, becoming the youngest solo male artist to achieve this feat since Stevie Wonder in 1963.

Bieber, 16, sold 283,000 copies of his second album “My World 2.0″ during the week ended March 28, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. Wonder, 13 at the time, spent one week at No. 1 with “Little Stevie Wonder/The 12 Year Old Genius.” As the title suggests, he recorded it when he was 12.

Bieber’s first set, “My World,” jumped five places to a new high of No. 5 with 50,000 copies. The album debuted at No. 6 last November, and has sold 1.1 million copies to date.

Rapper 50 Cent was the last artist to place two albums in the top five that weren’t concurrently released. In April 2003, he debuted at No. 2 with the CD/DVD combo “The New Breed” and was at No. 5 with “Get Rich Or Die Tryin.’”

Bieber’s new album also debuted at No. 1 in Canada.

Monica debuted at No. 2 on the current U.S. chart after “Still Standing” sold 184,000 copies. It’s the R&B singer’s second-highest sales week and charting album, surpassed only by the 186,000-unit start for her chart-topping 2003 effort “After the Storm.”

The continuing saga of the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” series extended its Billboard 200 chart dominance as the 33rd volume arrived at No. 3 with 135,000. The 21-track collection features Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles like Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and Owl City’s “Fireflies.” With the “Now” franchise’s latest spin-off, the Christian-leaning “Now That’s What I Call Faith” debuting at No. 143, the “Now” brand has racked up an impressive 56 charting albums since it launched in 1998.

The final new arrival in the top 10 belonged to She & Him with its second album, fittingly titled “Volume Two.” It started at No. 6 with 47,000. That trumps the peak and best sales week of the duo’s first set, “Volume One,” which topped out at No. 71. (Its best sales frame — 10,000 — came a week earlier when it debuted on the list at No. 81.)

Last week’s No. 1, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” slipped to No. 4 with 78,000, while Ludacris’ “Battle of the Sexes” fell four to No. 7 with 45,000, two weeks after it debuted at No. 1. Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” fell three to No. 8 with 41,000, Marvin Sapp’s “Here I Am” slid seven to No. 9 with 39,000, and the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” was off two to No. 10 with 34,000.

Overall album sales totaled 6.03 million units, up 6.5% compared to the previous week, and down 11% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date album sales stand at 75.1 million, down 8% compared to the same total at this point last year (81.9 million).

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