Gotye Sweeps APRA Awards
Gotye Sweeps APRA Awards

The Billboard 200:

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history as the first U.K. group to enter at No. 1 with a debut album as "Up All Night" starts atop the list with 176,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The arrival prevents Adele's "21" from returning to No. 1 for a 24th week as it holds at No. 2 with 148,000 (down 24%). Last week's No. 1, Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball," fell to No. 4 with 57,000 (down 71%).

We already recapped the top 10 on the chart this week in earlier stories, so let's look at some of the movers and shakers farther down the list:

-- Gotye: The artist's "Making Mirrors" album is a true chart success story. Released in August as a digital-exclusive set, it sold less than 1,000 copies in its first week (ending Aug. 21, 2011) -- not enough to place it on any of Billboard's charts. However, it eventually debuted on our new artist chart -- Heatseekers Albums -- on Dec. 17, and broke into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 on the tally dated Jan. 28. This week, it moves into the Billboard 200's top 10 for the first time (16-9 with 24,000; up 14%). So far, the album has shifted 174,000 copies and could break the 200,000 mark next week.

-- Kelly Clarkson: At the rate her "Stronger" album is selling (666,000 and counting), it should soon surpass the totals of her last two releases: 2009's "All I Ever Wanted" (941,000) and 2007's "My December" (829,000). "Stronger" was released on Oct. 24 and has never sold less than 15,000 copies in any given week. This week, it climbs from No. 20 to No. 16 with 16,000 (up 1%). The original "American Idol" champion's biggest selling album remains her second, 2005's "Breakway," with 6.2 million sold in the U.S.

-- Say Anything: "Anarchy, My Dear" is the band's third top 30 set -- and highest-charting yet. It bows at No. 22 with 14,000 sold and surpasses the debut and peaks of "Say Anything" (No. 25 in 2009) and "In Defense of the Genre" (No. 27 in 2007).

-- Cannibal Corpse: The death metal band, formed in the late '80s, earns its highest chart rank and best sales week yet with its 12th studio album "Torture." It bows at No. 38 with just under 10,000. The group had previously never been higher than No. 66 -- with 2009's "Evisceration Plague."

-- Lucero: With 9,000 sold, the band's "Women & Work" starts at No. 44 -- a new high-water mark for the group (not to be confused with the Latin act of the same name). The rock group's previous high came with 2009's "1372 Overton Park" (No. 114 with a 5,000 bow).

-- Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly: Dropkick Murphys' "Going Out of Style" re-enters the tally at No. 108 for the first time since the April 23, 2011 chart -- no doubt because of St. Patrick's Day holiday (March 17). The Irish-punk band's set gains by 363%. Flogging Molly's "Drunken Lullabies" also takes a gain thanks to St. Paddy's Day (returning to the chart at No. 128). It has annually re-entered the tally around St. Patrick's Day every year, going back to 2010. This week, it's up by 247%.

-- Trans-Siberian Orchestra: "Beethoven's Last Night," first released in 2000, returns to the list (No. 154; up 1,436%) after it was reissued last week exclusively through Walmart and the act's official Web site. It's bolstered with a narration of each track, as heard in their concerts.

The Billboard Hot 100:

As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Flo Rida jumps into the chart's top 10 with the assistance of pop singer/songwriter Sia. Who else takes noteworthy Hot 100 rides this week?

-- One Direction: As the act makes history as the first U.K. group to launch atop the Billboard 200 with a debut album, its introductory single. "What Makes You Beautiful," bounds 33-19 as the Hot 100's Digital Gainer. It lifts 17-7 on Hot Digital Songs (135,000 downloads sold, up 64%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and enters Hot 100 Airplay at No. 64 (19 million, up 53%, according to Nielsen BDS).

-- Florence + the Machine: In its 20th week on the Hot 100, established rock hit "Shake It Out" reaches a new peak, as it zooms 94-72. It re-enters Hot Digital Songs at No. 64 with 31,000 downloads, an 86% uptick. Why the jump now? The song is now a "Smash" hit. Literally: Katharine McPhee covered it on the March 12 episode of NBC's "Smash."

-- Rascal Flatts: Ahead of the trio's new album, "Changed," due April 3, the act is offering three preview songs via iTunes each week leading up to the release date. This week, the title cut arrives as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 73 with 57,000 downloads. It starts on Country Digital Songs at No. 2. "Hot in Here" (March 20) and "She's Leaving" (27) will complete the trio of preview songs.

-- Neon Trees: As it jumps 35-30 in its 12th week on Rock Songs, "Everybody Talks" soars onto the Hot 100 at No. 74 and Hot Digital Songs at No. 39 (44,000, up 185%) following its usage as the soundtrack to Buick's new Verano commercial.

-- Bella Thorne: Playing to her surely text-savvy fans, the co-star of the Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!" notches her second No. 1 on Kid Digital Songs (36,000, up 70%) with "TTYLXOX," which begins on the Hot 100 at No. 98.

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