Jack Johnson's 'To the Sea' debuts at No. 1

Album marks singer's third top-selling title on Billboard 200

Jack Johnson claims his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "To the Sea" debuts atop the tally with 243,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album breaks an eight-week-long streak of No. 1s selling less than 200,000 -- and five of those weeks were sub-100,000 frames.

Downloads made up 114,000 of "Sea's" first week -- nearly half of the set's overall figure. In terms of download units, it's the biggest week for an album since the week ending Jan. 31, when the digital-exclusive charity compilation "Hope for Haiti Now" set sold 143,000 downloads in its second week of release.

"To the Sea" also helps perk up the overall album market a bit. A total of 5.16 million albums were sold in the past chart week (ending June 6) -- up 4% from the woefully low 4.98 million the previous week.

Johnson's last studio set, 2008's "Sleep Through the Static," arrived in the penthouse with 375,000, while his first No. 1 came with 2006's "Curious George" soundtrack. The latter bowed with 163,000 in February of that year. Overall, "To the Sea" is Johnson's fifth top 10 album. He previously reached the region with 2005's "In Between Dreams" (No. 2) and 2003's "On and On" (No. 3).

Last week's No. 1 album, "Glee: The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers," slips to No. 3 with 45,000 (down 29%). Meanwhile, Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" climbs one rung to No. 2 with 52,000 (up 4%). Nos. 4-6 are non-movers this week, as Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is at No. 4 (41,000; down 12%), Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" is at No. 5 (35,000; down 2%), and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" is at No. 6 (33,000; up 6%). Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" moves up two spots to No. 7 with 25,000 (down 4%).

After Johnson, the next-highest new entry on the chart belongs to Taio Cruz's debut album, "Rokstarr," arriving at No. 8 with 24,000. The set's lead single, "Break Your Heart" (featuring Ludacris), hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March and has sold more than 2.2 million downloads, according to SoundScan.

Speaking of downloads, over on the Hot Digital Songs chart this week, Cruz finds himself with two titles in the top 20. "Break Your Heart" falls from No. 10 to  11 with 109,000 (though with an increase of 2%), while "Dynamite" debuts at No. 13 with 83,000. The highest debut on the chart is Drake's "Miss Me" (featuring Lil Wayne) which enters at No. 8 with 128,000. The top three slots remain static, with Katy Perry's "California Gurls" holding at No. 1 (318,000; up 19%), B.o.B's "Airplanes" at No. 2 (248,000; up 5%) and Usher's "OMG" at No. 3 (226,000; down less than 1%).

Back on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Clay Aiken earns the third-highest arrival on the list this week with his debut album for Decca Records, "Tried & True." The covers album, which features the singer's take on such standards as "Mack the Knife" and "Moon River," enters at No. 9 with 22,000 copies sold. "Tried" is Aiken's fifth top 10 set and first since departing RCA Records. Aiken's last studio release, "On My Way Here," opened at No. 4 with 94,000 in 2008.

Rounding out the top 10 is Ke$ha, who rebounds up seven slots to No. 10 with "Animal," selling 20,000 (up 5%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 6) totaled 5.16 million units, up 4% compared with the sum last week (4.98 million) and down 19% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.39 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 130.6 million, down 11% compared to the same total at this point last year (146.6 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 22.6 million downloads, up 4% compared to last week (21.7 million) and up 8% compared to the comparable week of 2009 (20.9 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 510.6 million, up less than 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (509.6 million).
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