Score one for the indie kids. In a rather amazing turn of events,
Contra, the band's second album, sold close to 124,000 copies in its first week to debut at #1, besting runner-up
History aside, the rest of the Billboard top 10 looks very similar to last week's chart. Boyle is at #2, while last week's chart champ, Ke$ha's Animal, is #3, with sales of just under 67,000 copies. Lady Gaga's The Fame is #4, with sales of almost 64,000 copies, and Alicia Keys' Element of Freedom comes in at #5, with sales of about 48,000 copies.
Gaga's The Fame Monster EP follows at #6 (36,000 copies sold), Mary J. Blige's Stronger lands at #7 (35,000), Taylor Swift's Fearless is #8 (33,000), the soundtrack to "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" is #9 (33,000), and the Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D. rounds out the top 10 (32,000 copies).
Other debuts on next week's chart include Omarion's Ollusion, which lands at #19 (more than 19,000 copies sold). OK Go's Of the Blue Colour of the Sky is #39 (11,000), and O.A.R.'s live album Rain or Shine appears at #48, with sales of more than 9,000 copies.