Kings of Leon have notched their best debut sales in the United States with Come Around Sundown, which sold more than 184,000 in its first week. But that was not quite enough to beat the chart bow by country-pop duo Sugarland, whose Incredible Machine will take the top honors and land at #1 on the Billboard 200, thanks to sales of 203,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Both bands lead a parade of new faces in the top 10, which also includes the collaboration between old friends Elton John and Leon Russell, Union (#3, 80,000); the latest clutch of oldies from Rod Stewart, Fly Me to the Moon: The Great American Songbook (#4, 79,000); the latest “Glee” soundtrack, Rocky Horror Glee Show (#6, 48,000); Shakira‘s Spanish-language Sale el Sol (#7, 46,000) and Christian rockers Third Day, whose Move comes in at #9 on sales of 37,000.
The rest of the top 10 are Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being (#5, 65,000), Eminem‘s Recovery (#8, 43,000) and Darius Rucker‘s Charleston, SC 1966 (#10, 37,000).
Just outside the top 10 is the soundtrack to the final season of Miley Cyrus‘ tween sitcom Hannah Montana Forever, which comes in at #11 on sales of 27,000, continuing the singer’s recent chart struggles. Just behind is the latest in rock icon Bob Dylan‘s bootleg series, The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (the Bootleg Series Vol. 9) (#12, 26,000). The chart slide continues for hookmeister Bruno Mars‘ debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which falls another 12 spots to #24 in week three after sales dropped by 38 percent to 17,000, leaving the “Billionaire” writer just shy of 100,000 sold.
The Kings are having a better run of it on the iTunes album charts, where they bested Sugarland to score the #1 debut. Shakira comes in at #3, followed by the Rocky Horror EP from “Glee,” the first-day digital sales from Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now, Lil Wayne, John and Russell, Mumford & Sons‘ Sign No More, the Black Keys‘ Brothers and Rucker.
iTunes does not release sales figures, but Far East Movement continue to dominate the iTunes singles chart with their smash “Like a G6,” which tops the list, followed by Swift’s “Mean,” Rihanna‘s “Only Girl (In the World),” Nelly‘s “Just a Dream” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.” Rounding out the list are Trey Songz (“Bottoms Up”), Pink (“Raise Your Glass”), Flo Rida (“Club Can’t Handle Me”), Usher (“DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”) and Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”).
It’s all about Taylor Swift next week, as the country pop sensation’s Speak Now will easily top the charts, with early projections putting her north of 800,000.