Forgive us if we're bracing for next week; Katy Perry's Prism is set to drop and it could give Justin Timberlake's first 2013 release a run for the biggest opening frame of the year. Last week's Top 10 was still overrun by new albums however, so we should probably give them credit before Perry-pocalypse sets in.
Pearl Jam was the highest debut this week, opening at no. 1 for the fifth time in the band's career with Lightning Bolt. The Seattle rockers have shown incredible consistency over the years...Bolt was its lowest-selling debut ever, but it still sold 168,000 copies. Selling more than that over a ten LP stretch is awfully successful by our standards.
Next was a rock act that's been around even longer than Pearl Jam. Paul McCartney's new solo album New debuted at no. 3 with 67,000 units sold. The Avett Brothers may be a little more folk than rock, but they joined the previous two debuts at no 5, with Magpie and Dandelion coming up just short of 58,000 units moved. Following at no. 6 was the new album from Scott McCreery, See You Tonight, selling 52,000 copies.
Rounding out the Top 10 at nos. 9 and 10 were the final debuts on the list, Willie Nelson's duets album To All The Girls (43,000) and Head and The Heart's Let's Be Still (42,000), respectively.
Miley Cyrus and Bangerz might not be headed toward platinum status anytime soon, but the pop star stuck at no. 2 during its second week, selling 72,000 additional copies. Drake may have dropped off slightly in his fourth week, selling 58,000 copies of Nothing Was The Same, but he's only dropped one place for every week his album's been on the list. At no 4 right now, if he keeps that streak up, he'll have outlasted Luke Bryan and Crash My Party's eight-week run. Lorde sold 48,000 units of Pure Heroine during her third week, hanging at no. 7.
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Cher managed to stay in the Top 10 for two weeks when Closer to The Truth debuted, and it jumped back into the Top 10 during its fourth week, landing at no. 8 and selling 45,000 copies. It helps that her current tour offers a discount package that includes the album with price of admission. Let's see if that ploy can keep her here next week.