Maybe Hayley Williams will save rock and roll before Pete Wentz has a chance to.
Nielsen SoundScan reports that Paramore’s self-titled fourth album has nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200 in its debut week, selling 106,000 copies – more than enough to overtake Justin Timberlake’s reign. This marks the pop-punk band’s first No. 1 album; their last record, 2009’s Brand New Eyes, topped out at No. 2, with 175,000.
Not far behind the Tennessee trio is Brad Paisley (who, coincidentally, lives in Paramore’s hometown of Franklin). The country singer’s Wheelhouse placed at No. 2, with a 100,000 first-week performance. This is the fourth time a Paisley album has opened at second place, which, according to Billboard, means he now shares with Sheryl Crow the dubious honor of having the most No. 2 albums without a No. 1. Looks like LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” cameo just wasn’t enough to give Wheelhouse that extra boost.
So where does this put former chart champ JT (who, by the way, also hails from Tennessee)? At No. 3: The 20/20 Experience dropped 30% this week, with a still-impressive 98,000. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story… notched at No. 4, with 61,000, while Eric Church’s Caught in the Act: Live came in at No. 5, debuting with 61,000. For those keeping count, that’s three country stars in the top five, and five artists with strong ties to the Volunteer State.
And there’s more where that came from: the TN-based Band Perry fell from their No. 2 slot to No. 6, with their Pioneer selling 56,000. Repping the rap world, Tyga’s Hotel California debuted at No. 7, with 54,000,while Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II trailed at No. 8, with 42,000.
Rounding out the top 10 are two rock bands: Volbeat, whose debut Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies landed at No. 9, with 39,000, and Stone Sour, which followed at No. 10.
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