Macklemore & Lewis, MGK Score Top Five Chart Debuts

Rappers chart high, but Mumford & Sons hold on to top spot.

It was almost a wholesale change in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, with indie rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis landing at #2 with their debut The Heist, and Bad Boy rhymer MGK coming in at #4.

While Mack and Lewis moved 78,000 copies and MGK put up nearly 51,000 in sales for Lace Up, neither could stop British folkies Mumford & Sons from scoring a third week at #1 with Babel, which sold 96,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.

Just behind Mack were long running face-painted rockers Kiss, who scored a #3 debut for Monster (56,000), prog metalers Coheed and Cambria at #5 with The Afterman: Ascension (49,000) and punkers All Time Low at #6 with Don’t Panic (48,000).

The parade of new faces continued with legendary songstress Barbra Streisand‘s Release Me (#7, 44,000) and Ellie Goulding‘s Halcyon, which snuck in at #9 (34,000). The week’s holdovers included Pink‘s The Truth About Love (#8, 36,000) and Muse‘s The 2nd Law (#10, 31,000).

Just outside the top 10, the latest from sensitive rockers The Script, #3, debuted at #13 (24,000) and Adele‘s indomitable 21 (#15, 22,000) nearly tipped into the 9.9 million sales realm as it sneaks toward diamond sales status.

Over on the iTunes album chart, Macklemore & Lewis topped the tally, followed by Mumford, the soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect,” Goulding, MGK, Jason Aldean‘s Night Train, All Time Low, Muse, Jay-Z‘s Live in Brooklyn EP and Fun.‘s “Some Nights.”

Taylor Swift was tops on the iTunes singles tally with “I Knew You Were Trouble,” ahead of Psy‘s “Gangnam Style,” Adele‘s James Bond theme “Skyfall,” Maroon 5‘s “One More Night,” Ke$ha‘s “Die Young” and Fun.‘s “Some Nights.” Swift was at it again at #7 with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” with Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” just behind, followed by Swift’s “Red” and Alex Clare closing it out with “Too Close.”

Things look to stay pretty stat next week, with the physical release of Aldean’s album, as well as a Christmas collection from former “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and Brandy’s latest.


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