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Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers losing sales sizzle
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 2006 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 30th 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.