There aren't as many huge debuts as last week but this week does mark the most new albums to crack into the Billboard Top 10 yet during 2014 as seven new records make the list this week. Yes, that does mean that the Frozen soundtrack has finally left the Top 10 for the first time this year. Big things are happening.
It starts at the top with hip-hopper Lecrae, who tops the Billboard 200 for the first time with his album Anomaly, which sold 88,000 copies. The album is also the first to top both the Gospel charts and the overall Billboard charts. It's also interesting to note how the rapper managed to get to the top of the albums charts despite never landing a single in the Hot 100.
Maroon 5 is one of the few acts to retain a spot for following the flood of new records, as V sold another 80,000 copies. Although a drop to be sure, the the band managed to keep its sales up thanks to a download opportunity packaged with its forthcoming tour tickets.
We then have a run of three more new albums filling out the Top 5: Jhene Aiko has profited from recent media attention as her album Souled Out sold out 70,000 copies and took the no. 3 spot. Ryan Adams had his highest debut ever, moving 45,000 copies of his self-titled album. The no. 5 spot went to Lee Brice, who also tops the country charts this week as his I Don't Dance sold 38,000 copies.
The next album to to survive the onslaught of new release is Jeezy, who dropped from no. 2 last week to no. 6 now. His Seen It All: The Autobiography moved another 33,000 copies and shows promise to stay on the charts next week as well.
Interpol was another band debuting a new record last week, as El Pintor moved 31,000 copies and took the no. 7 spot. Dustin Lynch came in narrowly behind Interpol with his own new album, Where It's At, which also topped 31,000 copies.
Only one album managed to remain in the Top 10 after having spent more than one additional week on the charts and that was Awesome Mix Vol. 1, the soundtrack from the Guardians of The Galaxy film. Robert Plant came into the last spot, moving a still impressive 29,000 copies of his new album Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar.