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%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Flo Rida's "Whistle" remains in the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 237,000 downloads (up 13%). Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" posts a gain, rising two rungs to No. 2 with 179,000 (up 9%). Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" holds at No. 3 (151,000; down 11%) while fun.'s "Some Nights" charges 8-4 with 130,000 (up 9%).
Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" also earns a large rise, zipping 10-5 with 128,000 (up 16%). P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" is a non-mover at No. 6 with 123,000 (down 8%) and Ellie Goulding's "Lights" falls two to No. 7 with 122,000 (up 9%).
Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" rebounds 12-8 with nearly 122,000 (up 30%) and Maroon 5's "Payphone" descends two to No. 9 with 119,000 (down 9%). Closing out the top 10 is David Guetta's "Titanium," featuring Sia, with 106,000 (down 9%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 29) totaled 4.9 million units, down 9% compared with the sum last week (5.4 million) and down 15% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 172.1 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (177.8 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 23.8 million downloads, down 3% compared with last week (24.5 million) and up 2% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (23.3 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 797.3 million, up 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (754.4 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Adele's 21 returned to No. 1 for its 12th nonconsecutive week at the top (76,000; down 8%). Trace Adkins' Proud to Be Here was the top debut, entering at No. 3 with 47,000.
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