In a week when the #1 album came close to setting a record for the lowest total for a chart-topper in Billboard history, Nas' Life is Good hung in there despite a big second-week drop-off. The Queensbridge legend slipped 70 percent in his second go-round, with sales dipping to 45,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That wasn't quite enough to hold on to the #1 spot, which was retaken by grits and gravy country rockers Zac Brown Band, whose Uncaged dropped 38 percent to 48,000 to lodge the fourth lowest total for a #1 album of all time.
A pair of debuts brought some light to the grim scene, as Springsteen-esque Jersey boys Gaslight Anthem landed at #3 with Handwritten (40,000) and Passion Pit were just behind at #4 with Gossamer (37,000).
The rest of the top 10: Kidz Bop 22 (#5, 35,000), Justin Bieber, Believe (#6, 35,000), One Direction, Up All Night (#7, 33,000), Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (#8, 33,000), Adele, 21 (#9, 30,000) and Maroon 5, Overexposed (#10, 23,000).
Further down the line there were a number of debuts, including the latest from masked metalers Slipknot, Antennas to Hell (#18, 16,000), a hits compilation from ex-"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez (#20, 14,000) and the iTunes Beatles rock compilation Tomorrow Never Knows (#25, 14,000).
The story was much different on the iTunes album chart, where Passion Pit took the top spot, followed by Ocean, Gaslight Anthem, Nas, the Beatles, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, the soundtrack to "The Dark Knight Rises," the self-titled debut from the Lumineers and Fun.'s Some Nights.
Flo Rida once again ruled the iTunes singles chart with his latest piece of ear candy, "Whistle," which held off Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," Fun.'s "Some Nights" and Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back." Pink came in at #6 with "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," beating out Maroon 5's "Payphone," Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time," Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and David Guetta's "Titanium."