It’s hard to believe that after more than a decade and a half and six studio albums, the Foo Fighters have never had a #1 album. But that historical anomaly will be corrected on next week’s Billboard albums chart when the group’s latest, Wasting Light , hits the top spot thanks to sales of 235,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That is more than twice the amount sold by the #2 album, Adele ’s still-strong 21, which slips down a notch to #2 as sales tick up 5 percent to 93,000. The Foos lead a cavalcade of new faces in the top 10, with reunited bluegrass icons Alison Krauss & Union Station coming in at #3 with Paper Airplane (83,000), folk-rock icon Paul Simon debuting at #4 with So Beautiful or So What, (68,000) and Spanish rockers Mana at #5 with Drama Y Luz (47,000). British pop sensation Jessie J just missed out on a top 10 debut, sliding in at #11 with Who You Are, which sold 34,000 copies.
The rest of the top 10: Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale (#6, 43,000, down 43 percent), Songs for Japan (#7, 37,000), Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers (#8, 37,000), Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. (#9, 35,000), and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More (#10, 35,000).
Hipster rock faves TV on the Radio return with Nine Types of Light (#12, 32,000), while indie rap duo Atmosphere hit #13 with The Family Sign (28,000). One of the week’s biggest drops comes courtesy of the CD version of Radiohead’s King of Limbs, which plunges 71 percent in its second round on the chart, falling 20 spots to #23 on sales of 19,000. Also charting was the latest solo album from Animal Collective member Panda Bear, Tomboy, which climbed in at #29 (18,000).
It was all Foos on the iTunes chart, where Wasting Light topped the album tally, followed by Adele, Songs for Japan, Krauss, Mumford, Simon, Jessie J, TV on the Radio, Spears and Atmosphere.
Katy Perry’s run on the iTunes singles chart continues, as her “E.T.”
collabo with Kanye West sat atop the list, followed by Rihanna’s “S&M” remix with Spears, the Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough,” Lady Gaga’s “Judas” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Rounding out the list are Jeremih with 50 Cent and “Down on Me,” Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song,” Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor,” Chris Brown’s “Look at me Now” and Spears’ “Till the World Ends.”
Look for things to stand pretty pat next week when the new faces will include the Glee: The Music — Presents the Warblers collection and the Gorillaz’ iPad album , The Fall.