It was a short trip to the top for Katy Perry . Despite locking down not one but two of the summer’s biggest smashes with “California Gurls” and the title track to her Teenage Dream album, Perry lost her #1 slot on the Billboard 200 after just one week, as veteran Chicago metal act [artist id="760710"]Disturbed[/artist] wrangle their fourth #1 debut in a row with [url id="/music/artist/disturbed/albums.jhtml?albumId=2588652"]Asylum[/url]. The album moved 179,000 copies, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
They’re followed by the 35th edition of the Now! series at #2 (105,000), with Eminem holding pat at the #3 slot with Recovery, which moved another 93,000, putting his smash return to form one week away from passing the 2.5 million mark.
Other newcomers in the top 10 include R&B singer Lyfe Jennings, who hits #6 with I Still Believe (36,000), the Goo Goo Dolls with Something for the Rest of Us (#7, 34,000) and classic-rock sister duo Heart, whose Red Velvet Car crashes in at #10 on sales of 27,000.
In an overall weak sales period, the rest of the top 10 include Perry at #4 (88,000, down 54 percent), Fantasia, Back to Me (#5, 40,000, down 66 percent from week one), Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 (#8, 31,000) and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (#9, 28,000).
After debuting at #4, Usher‘s Versus drops to #13 as sales were cut in half to 22,000, while the Arcade Fire hold mostly steady with The Suburbs, which ticks up two spots to #14
(21,000) as the Canadian indie heroes steam toward 300,000 sold in just over a month.
Academy Award-winning country songwriter Ryan Bingham debuts at
#19 with Junky Star (17,000), while alt metal rockers Papa Roach hit #23 (16,000) with their first live album, Time for Annihilation … On the Record and On the Road, which also contains five new studio tracks.
As it turns out, there was plenty of competition for Fabolous, whose There Is No Competition 2: The Funeral Service could only muster a #32 debut (12,000), while real-life indie couple Jenny and Johnny come in at #37 with their debut, I’m Having Fun Now (10,000).
Perry’s run at the top of the iTunes album charts was also a quick one, as Disturbed topple her there as well, pushing the pop tart down to #2, followed by Eminem, Goo Goo Dolls, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons‘
Sigh No More, the Camp Rock soundtrack, the Weepies‘ Be My Thrill, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs‘ God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise and Bingham.
Though iTunes does not release detailed sales data, it’s clear Perry still has some singles love, as “Teenage Dream” continues its run atop the iTunes singles chart, followed by the same, slightly shuffled cast of characters including Bruno Mars (“Just the Way You Are”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”), Eminem (“Love the Way You Lie”), Usher (“DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”), Enrique Iglesias (“I Like It”), Nelly (“Just a Dream”), Ke$ha (“Take It Off”), Taylor Swift (“Mine”) and B.o.B (“Magic”).
Things should be pretty tame at the top next week, as new albums by Stone Sour, Interpol and Anberlin jockey for position with the latest from singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles.