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Led Zeppelin Dominates Albums Chart with 'Out Door,' 'Coda.' 'Presence' Rereleases

by Ryan Book   Aug 12, 2015 10:50 AM EDT

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A slow week in album releases means that one performer dominated record sales this week, and it's not Taylor Swift: Led Zeppelin landed three different albums in spots nos. 2-4 on the charts. The last three titles in the band's discography—In Through The Out Door, Coda and Presence, respectively—were given remastered rereleases, featuring new content, which was enough to bring classic rock fans out to record stores to pick up the new entries. Out Door sold 24,000 copies, and Coda came in at just less than that total. Presence, perhaps the band's least popular album, sold 23,500 copies.

Of course, the legendary rockers didn't manage to grab the top spot. That honor goes to the soundtrack of The Descendants, a Disney TV-movie, which moved 31,000 copies. That's the lowest sales total (in terms of actual albums) for a no. 1 album since 2009. It is the third soundtrack to top the albums chart this year however (Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2 did so previously; Empire topped the Billboard 200 but not the albums chart).

The Top 5 was rounded out by one more new album as Lil Dicky, a comedic rapper, released his debut Professional Rapper, which sold 23,000 copies.

Last week's no. 1, Jill Scott, falls to no. 6 during her second week on the charts with Woman. That album sold 22,500 copies. The aforementioned Swift stays relevant as 1989 remains at no. 7 during her 41st week on the charts.

Future spends at least one more week on the charts with Dirty Sprite 2, which moved 18,000 copies and fell to no. 8. At least he can take solace in knowing that his album far outsold Dicky's in its first week on the charts, even if the comedian outdid that actually-professional-rapper this week. Migos can't say the same thing, as the trio's debut LP Yung Rich Nation sold only 17,000 copies in its first week, ending up at no. 9.

Tyrese has the second-longest streak on the albums chart, as Black Rose rounds out the Top 10 in its fourth week, moving another 15,500 copies.

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