The Billboard 200:
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.
Outside the top 10, there were other movers and shakers as well. Let's take a look…
-- One Direction: The group's "Up All Night" album holds at No. 8 for a second week, shifting 39,000 copies (down 6% versus last week). The set has yet to leave the weekly top 10 since it debuted at No. 1 16 weeks ago. It hasn't sold less than 34,000 in a single week, and its cumulative sales now stand at 899,000 in the United States. Further kudos for the set: it's the year's third-biggest selling album in America, following Adele's "21" (3.69 million) and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" (912,000).
One Direction's new single, "One Thing," holds at No. 20 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart for a third week, while moving 39-41 on the Billboard Hot 100. (The song could move up the chart next week, as it is still gaining in airplay.)
-- New Broadway Cast Recording, "Evita": The Broadway revival of the musical stage show "Evita" makes its debut on the Billboard 200, as its cast album bows at No. 156 with 3,000 sold. The show, which features Ricky Martin, also sees its album start at No. 1 on the Top Cast Albums tally.
-- "Magic Mike" soundtrack: The companion album to the Channing Tatum stripper film struts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 193 and the Top Soundtrack Albums list at No. 9 with 3,000 sold. Among the songs included are Foreigner's No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Feels Like the First Time" and a cover of the Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men" by Countre Black. The set also features Win Win's "Victim" (featuring Blaqstarr), which is the first song heard in the film's trailer.
-- The Offspring: The band's latest album, "Days Go By," debuts at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, shifting 24,000 copies in its first week. Since the Offspring arrived on the chart in 1994 with "Smash," all of its albums -- save for two -- have reached the top 10. Only "Days Go By" and 2003's "Splinter" missed the region. The latter debuted and peaked at No. 30 (88,000 debut) when it was released in the thick of the Christmas shopping season that year.
-- Led Zeppelin, Maroon 5, the Black Keys, etc.: An absurd number of albums post extraordinary gains this week, courtesy of $2.99 sale pricing at Amazon MP3. They include Led Zeppelin's "Mothership" (157-20 with 16,000; up 343%), Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" (61-29 with 13,000; up 69%), Maroon 5's "Hands All Over" (115-37 with 10,000; up 134%) and the Black Keys' "Brothers" (66-38 with 10,000; up 48%).