This week on the Billboard 200, Linkin Park triumphed over Maroon 5, securing the rock band its fifth No. 1 album on the chart. The former's new "Living Things" sold 223,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Maroon 5's "Overexposed" shifted 222,000 to enter at No. 2. The pair were among four new arrivals to the top 10, where the "Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made 2" compilation also started at No. 4 and R. Kelly's "Write Me Back" bowed at No. 5.
As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much closer than initially expected.
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" rebounds for a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and vocal group the Wanted blasts 23-5 with its debut hit, "Glad You Came." And Adele's "21" album crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a 22nd week -- the longest run atop the list since Prince & the Revolution's "Purple Rain" soundtrack ruled for 24 frames in 1984-1985.
Noel Gallagher's post-Oasis career was given a resounding vote of confidence by British music buyers Sunday (23) when his self-titled album with new group the High Flying Birds, on the Sour Mash label, debuted at No. 1 with sales of 122,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Calvin Harris, began its third week atop the singles chart.