Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Nas' 'Life is Good' falls from No. 1 to No. 2 and the Gaslight Anthem's 'Handwritten' debuts at No. 3.
As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 38%).
That's the lowest sales week for the No. 1 set since the Feb. 19, 2011, chart. That was when Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday climbed to No. 1 with 45,000. Since then, thanks to a constant stream of big new albums -- and Adele's enduring 21 -- we haven't had to fret about a low, low No. 1 seller until now. (Well, low as in below 50,000.)
However, things should perk up next week, when Rick Ross' new God Forgives, I Don't will make a splash on the tally. After that, there are some big guns waiting throughout August, including 2 Chainz's debut studio set, Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. and the Now 43 compilation. Yet, most superstar releases are being held until September, including new efforts from P!nk, Mumford & Sons, No Doubt and Dave Matthews Band.
As for the rest of the new top 10 this week, Nas' Life is Good, falls from No. 1 to No. 2 with 45,000 in its second week (down 38%). Right behind him is the chart's highest debut, the Gaslight Anthem's Handwritten, at No. 3 with 40,000. It's easily the best sales week for the act, which had previously lodged its highest frame when 2010's American Slang debuted at No. 16 with 27,000. (That album also marked the band's previous chart peak.)
The second and final top 10 bow this week comes from Passion Pit's Gossamer, entering at No. 4 with a career-best 37,000. That's a slightly larger figure than some industry prognosticators had expected. Those in the know initially thought it was going to launch with around 30,000. Gossamer was a monster in terms of downloads, as a full 74% of its first-week sales were digital copies. (Comparatively, Gaslight Anthem's first-week digital share was 52%).
The rest of the top 10 are holdovers from last week, starting with the Kidz Bop 22 album at No. 5 (dropping two spots, with 35,000; down 45%). Justin Bieber's Believe slips one to No. 6 (35,000; down 22%), One Direction's Up All Night is steady at No. 7 (33,000; down 8%) and Frank Ocean's Channel Orange falls four to No. 8 (nearly 33,000; down 40%). Adele's 21 and Maroon 5's Overexposed are non-movers at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, selling 30,000 (down 9%) and 23,000 (down 20%).