After moving 600,000 copies in their bow, the British folk revivalists suffered a 72 percent second week drop to 169,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. That was more than enough to hold off a charge from fellow Brits Muse, who slid in at #2 with their sixth album, The 2nd Law, which moved 102,000 copies.
Six other acts made it into the top 10 as well, including singer Miguel, whose Kaleidoscope Dream hit #3 (71,000), rockers Three Days Grace with Transit of Venus (#5, 48,000), jazz vocalist Diana Krall’s Glad Rag Doll (#6, 46,000), reality belter Jackie Evancho’s Songs From the Silver Screen (#7, 41,000), British diva Cher Lloyd’s Sticks & Stones (#9, 31,000) and veteran Irish bard Van Morrison’s Born to Sing: No Plan B (#10, 29,000).
The rest of the top 10: Pink, The Truth About Love (#4, 52,000) and Little Big Town, Tornado (#8, 31,000).
A week after its #2 debut, Green Day’ ¡Dos! swooned 9 spots to #11 as sales fell 79 percent to 29,000, while fellow 1990s stars No Doubt suffered a similar fate as their first album in 11 years, Push & Shove, dropped 10 spots in its second week to #13 as sales drooped by 78 percent to 25,000.
It was a week of double-digit drops for recent releases, as the Kanye West G.O.O.D. Music album Cruel Summer slipped nearly 50 percent in week three to #12 (28,000), Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 fell 13 spots to #18 (21,000, down 76 percent) and Deadmau5’s >Album Title Goes Here< was off 22 spots to #28 (15,000, down 74 percent).
Elsewhere, DJ Drama debuted at #15 with Quality Street Music (24,000), long-running rockers Papa Roach came in at #17 with Connection (22,000) and teen pop sensation Cody Simpson slipped into the top 30 at #27 with Paradise (15,000).
The iTunes album chart was not too different from the Billboard tally, with Mumford, Muse and Miguel topping the list, followed by the soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect,” Three Days Grace, Lloyd, Mumford’s 2010 debut, Sigh No More, Pink, EDM star Zedd’s Clarity and the G.O.O.D. Music compilation.
One Direction were tops on the iTunes singles chart with “Live While We’re Young,” followed by Taylor Swift’s “Red,” Adele’s James Bond theme “Skyfall,” Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Maroon 5’s “One More Night.” Swift also held down the #6 spot with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” right in front of Ke$ha’s “Die Young,” Fun.
’s “Some Nights,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Alex Clare’s “Too Close.”