If it’s summertime, then it just makes sense that ultimate surfer-dude Jack Johnson should be bobbing at the top of the Billboard 200 album charts. The mellow wave-rider’s latest, To the Sea, will easily grab the #1 spot next week thanks to sales of 243,000 in one of the best debuts of the year, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That tally easily bested the week’s #2 album, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0, which nudges up one spot to #2 after moving another 52,000 copies. The only other newcomers in the top 10 are Taio Cruz, whose Rokstarr lands at #8 (24,000) and former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, who hits #9 with his oldies covers album, Tried & True (22,000).
The rest of the top 10: Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (#3, 45,000), Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (#4, 41,000), Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond (#5, 35,000), Lady Gaga’s The Fame (#6, 33,000), Carole King and James Taylor’s Live at the Troubadour (#7, 25,000) and Ke$ha’s Animal (#10, 20,000).
Business was way down for reunited rockers Stone Temple Pilots , whose self-titled comeback album shed 71 percent of its first-week business, dropping 14 spots to #16 on sales of 18,000. The fall was not quite as hard for Nas and Damian Marley, whose Distant Relatives falls eight spots and 32 percent to #18 in week two (17,000).
Discount sales on iTunes help the indie supergroup Broken Bells jump 29 spots to #38 (9,000), while emo stalwarts Hawthorne Heights hit #50 with Skeletons (7,000) and blog-hot noise duo Sleigh Bells rocket back up 110 slots to #55 with their month-old debut, Treats (7,000).
Though very little he does is quiet, the chart debut from Russell Brand’s “Get Him to The Greek” band, Infant Sorrow, sneaks in at #148 (4,000), no doubt thanks to such NSFW anthems as “Going Up,” “F.O.H.” and “Little Bird.”
Look for the top 10 to get a makeover next week with new albums from Christina Aguilera, the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack, another “Glee” compilation and discs from rappers Lil Jon and Plies.