The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mumford & Sons' "Babel," which held at No. 1 for a second week on the list (169,000; down 72%).
But now, let's take a look at some of the other movers and shakers on the Billboard 200 and elsewhere on our album charts:
-- Adele: Buzz generated by the arrival of her James Bond theme song "Skyfall" helps stir her 21 album to a 10% increase. It holds at No. 14 and moved 25,000 copies last week. The set is only 125,000 copies away from hitting the 10 million sales mark, an achievement that seems doable before the end of the year. The last album to cross the 10 million mark was Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, which achieved the feat in the week ending Aug. 19.
-- "Pitch Perfect" Soundtrack: Expectedly, the soundtrack rallies in its second week (up 27 slots to No. 16 with a 150% gain) after the film earned broader distribution last weekend (Oct. 5-7).
-- Blake Shelton: The country star wins the award for the earliest-debuting Christmas album of the 2012 holiday season as his Cheers, It's Christmas enters at No. 52 with 9,000 sold. It's sure to build larger sales frames as we get closer to end-of-year holidays.
-- The Piano Guys: Recently signed to Sony Masterworks, the Piano Guys debut its self-titled set at No. 44 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on New Age Albums with 10,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It¹s the best sales week for a new age set since Christmas 2011.
-- Rodriguez: An Oct. 7 profile on CBS' "60 Minutes" lifts the artist's 1970 album Cold Fact onto the tally (No. 113) for the first time (up 735%). Meanwhile, his soundtrack to the documentary film about his life re-enters at No. 109 (up 174%).
-- Iris Dement: An Oct. 2 feature on NPR's World Cafe helps the singer/songwriter earn her first entry on the Billboard 200 as Sing the Delta debuts at No. 124. She last charted on the Heatseekers Albums tally in 1996, when she was signed to Warner Bros. The new effort also bows at No. 8 on Folk Albums.