It's a rough month to release a new album, because no matter how many units you move, the figure will likely pale in comparison to the massive posthumous numbers being put up by Michael Jackson. That's the case again next week, when the top four Jackson albums on the Top Pop Catalog chart will easily best the figures posted by the leaders on the Top 200 current album chart.
While Jackson and [artist id="9867"]Jackson 5[/artist] albums hold the top 12 spots on the Catalog chart, the current albums chart is topped by soul smoothie [artist id="817"]Maxwell[/artist], who has broken an eight-year hiatus with the first of a planned trilogy of albums, BLACKsummers'night, which debuts at #1 on sales of 316,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
The #2 slot is filled by the chart debut of the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack, which moved 137,000 copies, followed by last week's #1, the Now 31 pop compilation (101,000), and the #4 debut from pop punkers [artist id="2121977"]All Time Low[/artist], whose Nothing Personal rang up 63,000 in sales.
The rest of the top 10 features the usual suspects: [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas'[/artist] E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#5, 63,000), Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night (#6, 44,000), [artist id="1241405"]Rob Thomas'[/artist] Cradlesong (#7, 41,000), [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift's[/artist] Fearless (#8, 36,000), [artist id="502642"]Eminem's[/artist] Relapse (#9, 34,000) and the [artist id="2088128"]Jonas Brothers'[/artist] Lines Vines & Trying Times (#10, 34,000).
After a solid #4 debut last week, indie darlings Wilco's Wilco (The Album) shed 66 percent of business to drop to #11 (34,000). R&B singer Jeremih suffered a similar swoon (51 percent), as his self-titled debut moves down nine spots to #15 in its second week on the charts.
Los Angeles good-time rap duo LMFAO hit #33 in the chart debut for their Party Rock (11,000) album of, well, party anthems, while longtime Americana act Son Volt shuffle into the #44 spot with their glum latest, American Central Dust (10,000).
And that's about all the chart action worth talking about until next week, when Daughtry return with their second album and Jack White's latest side project, the Dead Weather, hit the charts with their debut.