It's been a while, but it must feel nice to be in the #1 spot again. Maroon 5's V will get the Adam Levine-led group back to the Billboard promised land this week when it debuts in the top spot of the album charts, something M5 hasn't done since 2007 with their second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
The View From The Top
After coming in at #2 with their last two efforts, Maroon 5 are Billboard 200 chart kings again after selling 164,000 unit according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. Propelled by the singles "Maps" and "It Was Always You," M5 easily bested the #2 debut from Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography, which sold 121,000 copies.
After selling 11 million copies in the U.S. in the past three decades and spending more than 300 weeks in the Billboard 200, Bob Marley's greatest hits collection, Legend, will make its top 10 debut this week thanks to a Google Play 99-cent sale. Already one of the best-selling albums of all time and a mandatory purchase for every college freshman, Legend moved up 95 spots to #5 as sales ballooned by 1,166 percent to 41,000.
Bass (Back) In Your Face
That meant Taylor Swift had to take a step down to #2 with "Shake It off," which was down 21 percent to 281,000, for a three-week total of 1.2 million. It was more of the same for the ladies of summer, with Jessie J.'s "Bang Bang" (featuring Grande and Nicki Minaj) holding on at #3 (170,000), Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's "Black Widow" up one to #4 (143,000) and Nicki's "Anaconda" down one to #5 (130,000).
Just behind, Grande's "Break Free" moved up two to #6 (95,000) and MAGIC!'s "Rude" jumped 8 spots to #9 as sales were up 21 percent to 81,000.