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“Juno” unseats Keys from top of album chart

NEW YORK (Billboard) – The soundtrack to “Juno” moves up from No. 2 to No. 1, becoming the Rhino label’s first chart-topper on the Billboard 200.

The album’s sales increased 13 percent, to 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the first film soundtrack to top the chart since last year’s “Dreamgirls” and the first from an Academy Award best picture nominee since “Titanic” reached the summit on January 24, 1998.

Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” (J) flip-flops with “Juno,” dropping from the top spot to No. 2, with 60,000 (a 1 percent decrease). Natasha Bedingfield earns her best charting and sales week ever as her sophomore Epic album, “Pocketful of Sunshine,” enters at No. 3 with 50,000. Her debut, 2005’s “Unwritten,” started and peaked at No. 26 with 34,000. Sales of the new project were aided by the single “Love Like This” featuring Sean Kingston, which recently moved into the top 20 of the Hot 100.

Mary J. Blige’s Matriarch/Geffen album “Growing Pains” falls from No. 3 to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 45,000, a 12 percent sales slip. Descending one rung to No. 5, Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” (TBD/ATO) moves 35,000 (a drop of 24 percent), while Taylor Swift’s Big Machine debut holds tight at No. 6 for a second consecutive week, its 66th week on the chart, selling 35,000 with a 2 percent sales increase.

Teenage R&B star Chris Brown’s Jive album “Exclusive” bumps up from No. 9 to No. 7 with an 8 percent sales boost to 32,000. Keyshia Cole’s “Just Like You” (Confidential/Imani/Geffen) re-enters the top 10, jumping from 12th place to No. 8 with 31,000 (a 21 percent gain), while Garth Brooks’ Pearl collection “The Ultimate Hits” also experiences a 21 percent sales swell to 30,000, climbing from No. 14 to No. 9. Miley Cyrus’ Disney double-disc “Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus” clings to the No. 10 slot with a 9 percent sales increase to 30,000.

Roaring in at No. 12, Cat Power’s “Jukebox” moved 29,000 units, a career high in terms of both chart position and sales. The Matador set follows 2006’s “The Greatest,” which bowed at No. 34 with 23,000.

Other debuts this week include the Disney compilation “Radio Disney: Jams 10″ at No. 18 with 21,000, country newcomer Chuck Wicks’ “Starting Now” (RCA) at No. 24 with 20,000, Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers’ “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” (New West) at No. 36 with 16,000, Brushfire/Universal artist Matt Costa’s “Unfamiliar Faces” at No. 59 with 11,000 and singer-songwriter and “One Tree Hill” star Kate Voegele’s re-release of “Don’t Look Away” (MySpace Records) at No. 63 with 10,000.

Sales this week total 7.3 million units, up 4.7 percent from last week. At 30.6 million units, this year’s sales total is down 10.3 percent from the year-earlier sum.