The Billboard 200:
Nas was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Life Is Good album debuted at the top of the chart, selling 149,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The big surprise in the top 10 was the unlikely return of Phil Collins. The singer's Hits album staged a comeback, reentering at No. 6 with after Amazon MP3 priced the album for 99-cents one day last week. It moved 40,000 copies for a weekly sales gain of 4,575%. Also impacted by 99-cent pricing by Amazon MP3: Bruno Mars' Doo Wops & Hooligans (moving from No. 135 to No. 11 with 27,000; up 644%) and Demi Lovato's Unbroken (124-27 with 13,000; up 239%).
Let's take a look at some of the other movers and shakers on the Billboard 200 this week:
-- One Direction: The group's Up All Night album crosses the 1 million sales mark this week, becoming the second set to hit a million this year. Adele's 21 is the other million-seller, with 3.8 million sold in 2012.
A year ago at this point (through the week ending July 24, 2011), there were three albums that had shifted a million: Adele's 21 (2.8 million), Lady Gaga's Born This Way (1.6 million) and Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More (1 million).
-- Pierce the Veil: While the debut of the band's Collide With The Sky (No. 12 with 27,000) easily marks the best week ever for the band, it's bittersweet: Had Amazon MP3 not priced Nos. 6 and 11 for 99-cents last week, Pierce the Veil could have had its first top 10 album.
-- Imagine Dragons: The band made its TV performance debut on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (July 16), which helps fuel a 27% gain for its EP Continued Silence (5,000; rising 111-80). The group's first full-length album, Night Visions, is due out Sept. 4.
The act's current single, "It's Time," has so far peaked at No. 4 on the Alternative Songs chart. It rises 82-81 on the Billboard Hot 100.
-- Milo Greene: The group opened for the Civil Wars in 2011, have been hyped as an "artist to watch" by Esquire and was profiled on NPR's "Weekend Edition" on July 14. Now, their debut album arrives, debuting at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 115 on the Billboard 200 (4,000 sold).
-- Smashing Pumpkins: The reissue of the rock act's 1994 rarities/b-sides set (which includes its cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," a No. 3 Alternative hit) returns (No. 161 with 3,000). The new deluxe set includes a bevy of bonus tracks and a reproduction of the band's demo cassette.