On the Billboard 200 this past week, Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 album, as "Fortune" opened atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In other news, Amazon MP3 stirred up some crazy moves, thanks to sale pricing 20 recent albums for only 99-cents on July 3. Of those, the highest charting set was Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," which zoomed 21-2.
Outside the top 10, there were of course movers and shakers as well. Let's take a look:
-- Ginuwine & "Magic Mike" - While the soundtrack to the Channing Tatum stripper film "Magic Mike" boasts many songs from the film, a few didn't make the cut, like Ginuwine's "Pony." In turn, fans wanting the track are purchasing it a la carte. According to Nielsen SoundScan, "Pony" had its best digital sales week ever, selling 13,000 downloads in the week ending July 8. That marked a 49% jump over the previous week, when it moved 9,000. (SoundScan began tracking digital sales in 2003.)
"Pony" was Ginuwine's first Billboard chart hit and became a smash for the singer. It spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As for the "Magic Mike" album, it rises from No. 193 to No. 167 on the Billboard 200, selling 3,000 (up 16%). On the Top Soundtracks chart, it
-- "Hunger Games" & "Drive" soundtracks - A number of soundtracks were sale priced for $2.99 at Amazon MP3 last week, including the "Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond" set (moving from No. 197 to No. 54; up 250%) and "Drive" (a reentry at No. 96; up 217%).
-- newsboys: Venue sales from the band's appearance at the massive Creation Festival fuel its big 367% gain this week. The album went from 2,000 units to just over 11,000, thus enabling its return to the chart at No. 45. It's a new chart high and sales peak for the set, which initially lodged its best frame the week it debuted (Dec. 3, 2011 with just under 11,000).
-- David Guetta: The iTunes Store sale priced his "Nothing But the Beat" set -- and an avalanche of others -- for $7.99 as part of its Great Summer Albums promotion. It rises 126-68 with an 86% leap. Others in the deal include Foster the People's "Torches" (110-85; up 40%), Demi Lovato's "Unbroken" (114-92; up 20%) and Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (138-112; up 20%).
- Grouplove: The band's "Never Trust a Happy Song" nets its best sales week (a little over 3,000) since Christmas and reenters at No. 152 on the Billboard -- its highest rank yet. The success comes shortly after the act reached No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart with "Tongue Tied" on June 30.
- "Top Gun" soundtrack: The soundtrack to Tom Cruise's 1986 film "Top Gun" flies back onto the list at No. 154 after a 24-year absence. (It was sale priced last week at Amazon MP3 for $2.99 and nets a 511% sales gain.) The album spent four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 and launched the No. 1 Hot 100 single "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin.