Country music demonstrated its dominance of album sales once again, putting five performers in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, but it was a different kind of acoustic artist who topped the charts.
Jack Johnson topped the Billboard charts for the fourth straight time with his new release "From Here To Now To You," selling 117,000 copies in its first week. The total could still be disappointing, considering that 2010's "To The Sea" opened with 243,000.
The Maybach Music Group also had mixed results with the third installment of its annual "Self Made" compilation. Featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale and others, the disc scored 50,000 in sales, down from the 98,000 sold by the 2012 version.
Country music was the biggest story among the new albums on the chart however, with three up-and-comers rising in the ranks for big debuts. Justin Moore took the no. 2 spot with 97,000 sales of "Off The Beaten Path," Chris Young sold 53,000 copies of "A.M." (no. 3), and Billy Currington sold 26,000 copies of "We Are Tonight."
Avicii is the last debut on this week's Top 10, with "True" selling a hair less than Maybach's 50k-and-change. An interesting aspect of the Swedish electronic producer's total is how his fans seem to buy music the same way they listen to it: More than 91 percent of buyers downloaded the album.
Despite six new debuts entering the Top 10, four of last week's albums stuck around. Luke Bryan is the clear winner among the group, selling another 47,000 copies of "Crash My Party" and staying on the shortlist of bestsellers for a sixth straight week. Keith Urban joins Bryan to round out the five countrymen represented in the list this week, selling 31,000 copies of "Fuse." The Weeknd also stuck around for a second week, selling 26,000 copies of "Kiss Land."
Interesting to note that although Urban and The Weeknd place nos. 1 and 2 respectively last week, 2 Chainz managed to outsell them after coming in no. 3 during his debut week. "B.O.A.T.S II" dropped, but at a much slower rate than last week's competition.