Linkin Park claims No. 1 album spot, Trey Songz a close No. 2
Results are in for Super Tuesday in the music business, with Linkin Park edging out Trey Songz for first place. The avalanche of releases resulted in six new titles moving into the top 10, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Linkin Park's "Thousand Suns" sold 241,000 copies in the week that ended Sept. 19 to best Songz' "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" by a mere 1,000 copies. Third place, occupied by Eminem's "Recovery," was considerably further away, selling 89,000 units, much of it a post-VMA bump.
"Thousand Suns" is Linkin Park's fourth No. 1 album, but its sales tally is far below the 623,000 units that 2007's "Minutes to Midnight" sold during its first week. Songz, meanwhile, realized a career best in sales, topping the 131,000 units moved by last year's "Ready" in its opening stanza.
Jamey Johnson scored his first top 10 album with "Guitar Song," which came in at No. 4 on sales of 63,000. The 25-song double album also parked itself atop the country albums chart.
Robert Plant's "Band of Joy" followed with 49,000, the highest chart position ever for a Plant solo album. Weezer's "Hurley," named for the "Lost" character and their first album for Epitaph, crash-landed at No. 6, selling 45,000.
The solo debut from the Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers, "Flamingo," sold 41,000 to take eighth place, sandwiched between the "Now 35" hits compilation and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." The three albums were separated by 800 units sold.
Among other debuts were "Now Country" at No. 22 (15,000), the Walkmen's "Lisbon" at No. 27 (13,000) and Of Montreal's "False Priest" at No. 34 (11,000).
"Grinderman 2," the second album from Nick Cave's latest band, sold 10,000 to land at No. 34. The John Lennon compilation "Remember" opened at No. 44, selling 9,000 copies.