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Jonas Brothers notch third-biggest debut of 2008

Not only have the Jonas Brothers notched the year’s third-biggest debut album, they’ve managed the rare feat of having two albums in the top 10 at the same time.

“A Little Bit Longer,” the third album from the trio of siblings, sold more than 525,000 copies to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan on Wednesday.

Only Lil Wayne (whose “Tha Carter III” sold a little more than 1 million in its first week) and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” (which topped the chart with 720,000 its first week) have had better debuts this year.

With all the hoopla surrounding the release of their latest album, the Jonas Brothers’ self-titled second album, released last year, also vaulted into the top 10; in addition, they are featured on the “Camp Rock” soundtrack, which is at No. 8.

According to Billboard.com, the last group to have two albums in the top 10 was another teen sensation, ‘N Sync, back in 1999.

The Jonas Brothers – Kevin, 20; Joe, 18; Nick, 15 – have become one of pop’s biggest sensations over the past year, and “A Little Bit Longer” represents their biggest success yet. The group, now on tour, were recently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and are among the performers confirmed for MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7 in Los Angeles.

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