'Glee' Edges Out STP, Holds On To No. 1 On Billboard 200
"Glee: the Music, Volume 3 - Showstoppers" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, while the new release schedule was light due to the "American Idol" finale. "Showstoppers" moved 63,000 copies (down 54%) according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In the runner-up spot, Stone Temple Pilots return with its first studio album since 2001 as its new self-titled set enters at No. 2 with 62,000. It's the quartet's sixth top 10 album -- the band's entire output of studio releases. STP is the Billboard 200 albums chart sole new entry -- the fewest since the chart dated March 13 when Johnny Cash's "American VI: Ain't No Grave" was the only top 10 arrival.
It's the second week in a row where the kids of "Glee" have blocked a rock band from the No. 1 slot. Last week the Rolling Stones' reissue of "Exile On Main St." re-entered the tally at No. 2 with 76,000. (This week, the Stones fall to No. 7 with 28,000 -- down 64%.)
It's unlikely that "Glee" will hold for a third frame at the top next week. Jack Johnson's just-released "To the Sea" seems set to debut at No. 1 with around 250,000 copies sold by week's end on June 6, according to industry prognosticators.
As for the rest of the Billboard 200's top 10 this week, Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" is up one rung to No. 3 (50,000; down 19%), Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" rises two positions to No. 4 (46,000; up 1%) and Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" climbs three slots to No. 5 (35,000; down 13%). Lady Gaga's "The Fame" flies up six positions to No. 6 with 31,000 and an 11% increase -- a gain no doubt fueled by the artist's music being featured prominently in last week's episode of Fox TV's "Glee."
The Black Keys' "Brothers" drops five rungs to No. 8 with just under 26,000 (down 65%), Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" climbs two spots to No. 9 with almost 26,000 as well (down 16%) and Nas and Damian Marley's "Distant Relatives" descends five slots to No. 10 with 25,000 (down 56%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 30) totaled 4.98 million units, down 6% compared to the sum last week (5.31 million) and down 13% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.75 million). Year to date album sales stand at 125.4 million, down 11% compared to the same total at this point last year (140.2 million).