The Week in Music Sales: Beastie Boys Score No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200

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Beastie Boys Score No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200, Adele Holds at No. 1

While Adele's 21 spends a lucky seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10, led by Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.

21 holds atop the list with 155,000 (up 26 percent) thanks to likely Mother's Day-fueled purchases, and a number of the new entries on in the top 10 probably benefit from the holiday as well. With seven weeks at No. 1, 21 marks the second-longest run atop the list for an album by a woman since 2000, behind only Taylor Swift's 11-week reign with Fearless in 2008 and early 2009.

Adele has more reason to celebrate: The album's first single, Rolling in the Deep, reaches No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart for the first time (294,000 downloads, down 2 percent). More on that in a moment.

Back on the Billboard 200, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 bows appropriately at No. 2 with 128,000. It's the rap trio's first proper studio release -- backing out the 2007's instrumental set The Mix-Up -- since 2004's To the 5 Boroughs, which debuted at No. 1 with 360,000. Hot Sauce is the Boys' first studio set to miss the top slot since Check Your Head debuted and peaked at No. 10 in 1992. Hot Sauce is the hip-hop trio's sixth top 10, stretching back to its full-length debut, 1987's Licensed to Ill, which spent seven weeks at No. 1.

Now 38 starts at No. 3 with 124,000 -- the second Now set released this year timed perfectly to a holiday that lends itself to music gift shopping. Now 37 hit retail on Feb. 8 -- the first time a Now album had come out the week of Valentine's Day.

Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues starts at No. 4 with 91,000 while Jennifer Lopez's Love? launched at No. 5 with 83,000. Fleet Foxes' last album, its 2008 self-titled set, debuted at No. 83 -- eventually peaking at No. 36 the following year. J.Lo's most recent English-language album, 2007's Brave, bowed at No. 12 with 53,000.

Stevie Nicks' In Your Dreams -- her first studio album since 2001's No. 5-peaking Trouble In Shangri-La, enters at No. 6 with 52,000. It's the Fleetwood Mac member's fifth top 10 on her own and seventh solo studio release.

Sade's second greatest hits effort, The Ultimate Collection, bows at No. 7 (38,000). It's the group's (yes, Sade is a group led by singer Sade Adu) ninth top 10 album in a row -- its entire output. They're second to only Led Zeppelin for the most career-launching consecutive top 10s; Zep did it with its first 10 albums from 1969-83.

Musiq Soulchild's MusiqInTheMagiq motors in at No. 8 (35,000). His most recent release, OnMyRadio, debuted and peaked at No. 11 in 2008 with 91,000. Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More is the second holdover in the top 10 from last week's chart as it descends six rungs to No. 9 (32,000). Closing out the top 10 is Sixx: A.M.'s This Is Gonna Hurt, bowing at No. 10 with 30,000. The act, led by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, saw its first set, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, debut and peak at No. 62 in 2007.

Right outside the top 10 is Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album Rumours, which re-enters at No. 11 with just under 30,000 (up 1,951 percent) thanks to exposure gleaned from the May 3 episode of Fox's Glee, which dedicated its entire hour to the album. Of its almost 30,000 haul last week, a full 91 percent were downloads. The week previous, the set sold just over 1,000 total copies. This is the highest re-entry for an album since the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St. was reissued and came back on the list at No. 2 on June 5, 2010.

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Adele's Rolling in the Deep dislodged Katy Perry's E.T., which slips to No. 2 with 237,000 (down 21 percent).

Following Lady Antebellum's May 5 premiere performance of "Just a Kiss" on American Idol, the song debuts at No. 3 with 211,000 sold -- the act's second-largest sales week for a single. (Its Need You Now glowed at No. 2 a little over a year ago with 212,000 following the trio's Grammy Awards performance of the song.) Kiss is from the group's forthcoming third studio album, due out later this year.

Lopez's On the Floor rises four slots to No. 4 (175,000, up 25 percent) in the wake of her album's release and her performance of the song on the May 5 episode of American Idol. Trailing J.Lo is Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song, slipping one rung to No. 5 with 172,000 (down 12 percent).

Lady A's single isn't the only debut in the top 10, as David Guetta's Where Them Girls At (featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj) starts at No. 6 with 162,000. Pitbull's Give Me Everything rises four slots to No. 7 (153,000, up 25 percent), the Black Eyed Peas' Just Can't Get Enough falls three to No. 8 (148,000, down 16 percent) and Britney Spears' Till the World Ends collapses six positions to No. 9 (126,000, down 49 percent) after its remix-fueled rise last week.  Closing out the top 10 is Chris Brown's Look at Me Now, sliding down one to No. 10 (117,000, down 11 percent).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 8) totaled 6.23 million units, up 16 percent compared to the sum last week (5.38 million) and up 3 percent compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (6.07 million). Year to date album sales stand at 108.11 million, down 2 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (109.78 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.03 million downloads, down 5 percent compared to last week (25.31 million) and up 9 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (21.95 million). Year to date track sales are at 462.37 million, up 10 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (421.99 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 headed back to No. 1, rising four slots, with 60,000 (down 6 percent). The highest debut was the National's High Violet, which bowed at No. 3 with 51,000. The previous week's leader, Godsmack's Oracle, fell to No. 9 with 43,000 (down 63 percent).   

 

   

 

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