John Mayer Has No. 1 Album for Second Week; Regina Spektor Bows Third

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John Mayer's Born and Raised hangs in for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70 percent). It's Mayer's first album to spend more than a single week at No. 1, following solitary frames for Heavier Things and Battle Studies.

As the No. 1 album only sells 65,000 this week, it's the smallest sum at the top of the chart since the Feb. 19, 2011, tally, when Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday moved 45,000.

Adele's 21 has a slight gain in sales (up 4 percent), holding at No. 2 and selling another 58,000. Some of that increase is owed to NBC's June 3 prime-time special "Adele Live in London." There could be more influence from the show on next week's chart, once a full week's worth of impact is felt from the broadcast.

21 is currently spending its 67th week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. Only six albums have spent more weeks in the top 10 in history, led by the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, with 109.

Three albums debut in the top 10 this week, starting with Regina Spektor's What We Saw From the Cheap Seats at No. 3 with 42,000. It matches the debut and peak of the singer/songwriter's last album, 2009's Far, which launched with 50,000.

One Direction makes a big sales jump with its Up All Night set, rising 12  up one slot to No. 4 with 41,000. Promotion and publicity surrounding the act's home video release "Up All Night: The Live Tour" certainly drove sales last week. The video bows atop the Music Video Sales chart with 76,000 sold. It's the best sales week this year for any music video release, and the largest bow since Adele's "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" launched at No. 1 on Dec. 17, 2011, with 96,000.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Here debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 35,000. It's the act's highest-charting album and best sales week yet. Its first album, Up From Below, spent 27 weeks on the chart in 2010 and 2011, topping out at No. 76.

Carrie Underwood's Blown Away slips 3-6 with 32,000 (down 30 percent) while Sigur Ros visits the top 10 for the first time at No. 7. The Icelandic band's Valtari starts with 26,000, its third-best sales week. The new set is the group's first studio album in nearly four years. Its last one, 2008's Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, debuted and peaked at No. 15 with 32,000.

Closing out the album chart's top 10 are the Now 42 compilation (9-8 with 26,000; down 16 percent), Luke Bryan's Tailgates and Tanlines (15-9 with 24,000; up 18 percent) and Lionel Richie's Tuskegee (6-10 with 22,000; down 35 percent).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is steady at No. 1 again with 284,000 (down 6 percent) while Maroon 5's "Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) rises a notch to No. 2 with 257,000 (down 3 percent). Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" is also up one to No. 3, selling 247,000 (down 6 percent).

The chart's highest debut is at No. 4, where Justin Bieber's "Die in Your Arms" bows with 185,000. It's the singer's 11th song to start in the top 10.

Pitbull's "Back in Time" climbs 7-5 (147,000; down less than 1 percent), Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" rises 8-6 (144,000; down 1 percent), and Bieber's "Boyfriend" jumps 9-7 (138,000; down 4 percent).

fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) falls 6-8 (137,000; down 8 percent), Minaj's "Starships" tumbles 5-9 (135,000; down 12 percent), and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" returns to the top 10, up two slots, to No. 10 (129,000; down less than 1 percent).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 3) totaled 5 million units, down 5  compared with the sum last week (5.3 million) and down 9  compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 127.7 million, down 3  compared with the same total at this point last year (131.4 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.6 million downloads, down 2  compared with last week (26 million) and up 6  stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (24.2 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 596.9 million, up 7  compared with the same total at this point last year (560.4 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Adele's "21" returned to No. 1 for a 10th nonconsecutive week (114,000; down 5 percent). The highest debut was Tech N9ne's "All 6's & 7's" at No. 4 with 56,000.

 

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