For the second week in a row, the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 was dominated by a slew of new albums: Rockers and rapper, classic artists and new, we got it all.
The obvious winner this week was Drake, whose Nothing Was The Same dominated the Top 10, selling about six times as many records as runner-up the Kings of Leon. Nothing was the second highest sales week for any album this year (trailing only Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience), and marked a slight increase from the rapper's last debut. The Kings don't deserve any flack for Mechanical Bull's sales week, as it notched 100,000 units moved, but that's still a dramatic decrease from the 180,000 units it sold during its last debut.
Cher and Elton John made their respective debuts at nos. 3 and 4, proving that they've still got it. Closer to The Truth was Cher's first new album since 2002, and some may be surprised to know that the 63,000 copies sold mark the highest debut ever for a solo album by the vocalist. Elton John didn't do too shabby himself, moving 47,000 copies of The Diving Board.
OTHER DEBUTS WITH LESS FANFARE
Progressive metal band Dream Theater debuted its self-titled LP at no. 7, a position similar to its previous two releases, with 34,000 sold. Get Wet, the debut full-length from EDM trio Krewella took the no. 8 spot with 27,000 copies sold. Metallica, which has grown used to debuting in the top spot with new albums, had to settle for no. 9 with Metallica: Through The Never. Still, the metal icons probably won't mind as the soundtrack to its new film doesn't include any new music (nor does it include the track "Through The Never").
Jack Johnson fell from no. 1 to no. 5 with his album From Here To Now To You, selling an additional 37,000 in its second week, but Luke Bryan remains the story of resilience at no. 6 with Crash My Party during its seventh week in the Top 10. The album didn't lose any spots on the chart, even if overall sales were down. Fellow countryman Justin Moore, on the other hand, saw a significant drop in second week sales, falling from no. 2 to no. 10 with Off The Beaten Path.