John Mayer may be feeling dumpy and “humiliated” about that big meanie Taylor Swift, but the fact that his fifth album, Born and Raised, has just logged a second week atop the Billboard 200 should cheer him up.
The reformed(?) rocker’s twangified set sold 65,000 copies this week, holding off Adele and One Direction, as well as new releases from Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Sigur Rós, all of whom landed high in the top 10.
One thing Mayer couldn’t hold off? One Direction’s DVD release of Up All Night: The Live Tour, which sold 76,000 copies. As Yahoo’s Paul Grein explains, this marks the first time ever that the No. 1 music DVD release has outsold the No. 1 album.
Check out the Top 10 below:
1. John Mayer, Born And Raised – 65,000
Mayer’s set dipped 70 percent in its second week to 65,000 –making it the smallest number of units for a number one album since February 2011, when Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday led the pack with 45,000. After two weeks, Born and Raised has sold 284,000 copies, a touch behind the 289,000 that his 2009 disc Battle Studies sold in its first frame.
2. Adele, 21 – 58,000
NBC’s concert special Adele Live in London, which aired on Sunday, June 3, may be the reason Adele’s ubiquitous album 21 ticked up 4 percent to 58,000. It has now sold 9.26 million total after 67 weeks – each of which the album has spent in the top 10. As Billboard notes, “Only six albums have spent more weeks in the top 10 in history, led by the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, with 109.” The concert special’s true effect should be seen on next week’s chart.
3. Regina Spektor, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats – 38,000
The Russian-born, VH1-adored piano chanteuse sold slightly fewer copies than she did with 2009’s Far, which debuted with 50,000 units. Still, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats achieved the same third-place chart position – an impressive feat considering her lead single “All the Rowboats” hasn’t charted in the States.
4. One Direction, Up All Night – 37,000
The British fivesome’s numbers increased for the second week in a row, proving that the “What Makes You Beautiful” boy band, who also has a hit with follow-up “One Thing” is finding mainstream success beyond the tween market. Up All Night leaped 41 percent this week to 41,000, giving the album total sales of 739,000. The set was boosted by the release of the aforementioned Up All Night: The Live Tour, which notched an impressive debut frame.
5. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Here – 33,000
Mr. Sharpe (born Alex Ebert) and his free-spirited gypsy-hippie crew earned their best sales week by far with their sophomore album Here, which sold 35,000 copies. Their 2010 debut, Up From Below, which contained the band’s sleeper smash “Home,” peaked at number 76.
6. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away – 30,000
The fourth American Idol dropped 30 percent to 30,000 this week, lifting total sales of her fourth album to 516,000 after five weeks.
7. Sigur Rós, Valtari – 26,000
The ethereal Icelanders, who haven’t released a new studio album in the U.S. since 2008, hit the Top 10 for the first time ever.
8. Various Artists, Now 42 – 31,000
A small 16 percent drop brought the compilation’s total to 258,000.
9. Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines – 24,000
We can officially put Luke Bryan on the country A-list. The Georgia heartthrob’s latest hit “Drunk On You” helped drive sales of his album up 18 percent. Tanlines, released August 9, 2011, has now sold over 1.1 million copies.
10. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee – 22,000
You know who likes to buy albums? Lionel Richie fans. 845,000 of them, apparently. The platinum disc has given the soulful (and now country-ful) crooner a serious career resurgence.
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