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Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers losing sales sizzle

April 1, 2009

(writing and reporting by Dean Goodman)miley4

The perky smiles on Disney’s fresh-faced teen stars are probably not so wide these days.

A month after the Jonas Brothers movie suffered a disappointing bow at the box office, Miley Cyrus ended her impressive run of chart-topping albums on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old starlet’s latest release, “Hannah Montana: The Movie” — the soundtrack to her upcoming feature headlining debut — opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

More ominously, her sales were a fraction of the opening stanzas for her previous releases. The album sold 139,000 units during the week ended March 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last August, the star of the Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana” logged her third consecutive No. 1 with her “official” solo debut, “Breakout,” which opened with 371,000 copies sold. She began her run in October jobros22006 with the first “Hannah Montana” soundtrack, which started with 281,000 units. The succinctly titled 2007 follow-up, “Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus,” launched with 325,000.

The Jonas Brothers are still licking their wounds after the surprisingly weak performance of their movie, “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.” Long lines of frenzied tweens couldn’t prevent the movie from earning just $12.5 million during its opening weekend, and it quickly sank from there.

To make matters worse for Disney, the album that took this week’s top spot was the 30thmiranda-cosgrove installment of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” hits series, featuring a track from Miranda Cosgrove, a 15-year-old star on rival kids cable channel Nickelodeon.

Cosgrove, probably best known to adults as the David Geffen-worshiping class factotum in the Jack Black comedy “School of Rock,” released her debut EP “About You Now” exclusively on iTunes in February. It has managed to sell 381,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


Let’s not inflate the numbers for Now 30 – they only sold 146,000 records to reach the #1 spot. & it appears that all rcord sales are down compared to even 6 months ago. Inorder to reach the top spot you would have needed at least 200,000 or more in sales.It is a little premature to count the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cyrus down for the count. Look at the sales of tickets for the Jo Bros concerts, 800,00 sold already & let’s chat again after the Hannah Montana movie hits the theatres.

Posted by amy | Report as abusive

just another FYI – Miley’s song The Climb has sold 583,000 digital downloads so far (quite a bit more then About You Now at only 381,000). & correction – The Jo Bros sold 800,000 tickets so far to their upcoming tour.Let’s not count Disney or the Jo Bros or Miley as on the downslide just yet shall we!

Posted by amy | Report as abusive

Oh no, Miley only made it to 2!The JoBros may be fading out, maybe not. As for Miley, number 2 is still really high, especially since, this album is not as good as Breakout IMHO. Miley’s potential as a real pop-singer has been realized, and now fans want more than another watered down Disney Soundtrack because they know she has the potential. I bet her next solo album will be another hit.(And just to add, after the Climb, I don’t see another hit single from this disc. So that has an impact too.)What is cool is that Miranda Cosgrove is starting to gain momentum. I bet she’ll have a hit album for the summer!

Posted by Alex | Report as abusive

miley made it in to 2nd? how the hell did that happen?! why would you go watch more hannah montana?! Miranda Cosgrove well done. About time someone made it big that doesnt entirly associate with the word ‘disney’!and the jonas brothers are fantastic, even if they are ‘disney’ i think we can make an exception! ^.^ disney good, just too much!miley, leave hannah montana world for the children and pursue a great and better singing life. your too old for going around in a blonde wig now a days. and disney fans, dont shout at me!

Posted by molly | Report as abusive

The reason this Wow 30 made it to # 1 is NOT because of Mirana Cosgrove, BUT all the BIG name stars on the Album Such as the #1 Lady Ga Ga. Let’s not get all crazy for the small talent Nick TV girl.I am not sure why all the Disney hate – anything Disney seems to anger some prople – oh wait, maybe it’s because the Disney stuff SELLS.

Posted by amy | Report as abusive

I think you making too much out of this. The Jonas Brothers movie was far better than Hannah’s. I think people didn’t go because they saw how bad Hannah’s was. However, the Jonas Brothers then sold more than 800,000 tickets to live concerts in one weekend. Sounds like they are doing fine. Hannah will do fine also. It’s a soundtrack. After the movie comes out I think more people will have interest. However, we just bought the song we wanted. They are both doing great and will continue to.

Posted by Jenni | Report as abusive

With unemployment over 13 million I don’t think slumping sales should be an indication of fans loosing interest, just spending their money more wisely. The Jonas Brothers are still tops as far as this household is concerned!

Posted by Lana | Report as abusive

Ok, im going to start to say how much i appreciate this article, at least some people realize that disney isnt the only one doing well!I think that people are just getting tired of disney and nobody wants to spend money on it any more.iCarly is doing amazing, getting about 6 million viewers weekly, and True Jackson Vp is the second most watched cable tv show, while hannah montana only gets about 4 million….Miranda is doing so well and disey should be shaking in their boots

Posted by Brett | Report as abusive

the icarly #’s are certainly inflated at 6 million per week – better check Neilson – & Miley tops the cable tween/teen shows almost every week. I find Nick shows do not measure up to Disney – Disney will always be tops! As far as Miranda – EVERY one of Disney’s stars are miles & miles ahead & millions of times better:Miley, Demi, Selena, Jo Bros, Corbin, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Brenda Song – just to name a few!

Posted by cam | Report as abusive

ALRIGHT finally she’s losing business! yesh!

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