Justin Bieber claims No. 1 album spot
The National scores week's biggest debut at No. 3Biebermania continues on the Billboard 200, sort of.
Teen idol Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" leaps five spots to retake the No. 1 spot for a fourth week overall, but it didn't exactly break any sales records. In fact, the album nearly set a rather dubious mark: The 60,000 units sold was the second-fewest for a chart-topper in the 19-year SoundScan era.
The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack also moved 60,000 units during a week in January 2007, but Bieber sold a shade more, and Billboard rounds SoundScan's sales figures to the nearest thousand. So that "record" is safe for now.
Meanwhile, the National scored the week's biggest debut, bowing at No. 3 with its fifth album, "High Violet," and setting personal bests for chart position and weekly sales (51,000). The New York rock band's previous set, 2007's "Boxer," debuted and peaked at No. 68.
Three other discs arrive in the top 10 this week: the Dead Weather's "Sea of Cowards" (No. 5, 45,000), the rock quartet's second release in 10 months; teenage Filipina Charice's self-titled debut (No. 8, 43,000); and San Diego metal act As I Lay Dying's "Powerless Rise" (No. 10, 38,000).
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.