It was a short trip to the top for Linkin Park. A week after the band’s A Thousand Suns hit #1 on the Billboard 200, sales dropped off by more than 70 percent as a pair of newcomers took the lead. Snagging the pole position is last year’s Best New Artist Grammy winner Zac Brown Band, whose You Get What You Give will take #1 on sales of 153,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. Just behind at #2 is the chart debut of Maroon 5’s third album, Hands All Over, which moved 142,000 units.
They’re joined by a number of other top 10 debuts, including a #4 bow by Selena Gomez and the Scene with A Year Without Rain (66,000), rock legend Santana with his covers album Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (#5, 66,000), John Legend and the Roots’ collaborative covers effort Wake Up! (#8, 63,000) and country singer Billy Currington’s Enjoy Yourself (#9, 45,000).
The rest of the top 10: Linkin Park (#3, 70,000), Eminem, Recovery (#6, 66,000), Trey Songz, Passion, Pain & Pleasure (#7, 66,000, down 73 percent) and Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 (#10, 33,000). The continued strong sales for Eminem helped the rapper claim the title for the best-selling album released in 2010, as Recovery will surpass Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now by crossing the 2.6 million mark.
Otherwise it was a quiet week, as some albums that debuted in the top 10 last week saw serious drops, including country outlaw Jamey Johnson’s Guitar Song (down 52 percent to 30,000), Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant’s Band of Joy (down 48 percent to 25,000) and Weezer, whose indie-label debut, Hurley, tumbles 18 spots to #24 as sales tailed off by 69 percent to 14,000.
Positive-vibes merchants Michael Franti & Spearhead have a strong debut with The Sound of Sunshine (#17, 18,000), while System of a Down singer Serj Tankian lands at #35 with Imperfect Harmonies (10,000). Maroon 5 have bragging rights on the iTunes albums chart, where Hands takes the #1 spot, followed by Zac Brown, Legend and the Roots, Linkin Park, Santana, Eminem, the resilient Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons, Songz, Gomez and Spearhead.
Though sales figures are not released, Bruno Mars should be smiling that he’s holding onto the top slot on the iTunes singles chart with his breakout solo hit, “Just the Way You Are.” Just behind are Far East Movement with “Like a G6,” Rihanna with “Only Girl (In the World),” Nelly’s “Just a Dream,” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’
in Love” and Taio Cruz with “Dynamite.” Rounding out the singles chart is Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” and two new entries from the “Glee” cast, “Empire State of Mind”
There will be more shuffling at the top next week with the debut of new albums from Gucci Mane, Kenny Chesney, Jeremih and Eric Clapton.