This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the top three were all debuts for a second week in a row, as Vampire Weekend, George Strait and Demi Lovato started in the Nos. 1-3 slots, respectively.
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200 there were a number of movers and shakers. Let's take a look at some of them…
-- Soundtrack, "The Great Gatsby" (No. 3): Last week's No. 2 album, the soundtrack to "The Great Gatsby," slips by an incredibly moderate 30% in its second week, falling to No. 4 with 95,000 (from 137,000), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the second-lowest second-week percentage decrease for a top 10-debuting album this year.
Only the "Now 45" compilation had a softer second-week slide in 2013, as it dropped by 27% on the chart dated March 2, reflecting the SoundScan sales week that ended on Feb. 17 (thus, Valentine's Day shopping shored up "Now 45's" sophomore-frame sales). The album bowed with 87,000 at No. 3, and then moved to No. 8 with 63,000 in week number two.
-- David Bowie, "The Next Day" (No. 181): As tipped last week, with 10 weeks on the chart, David Bowie's "The Next Day" has become his longest-charting studio album since 1987's "Never Let Me Down" spent 26 weeks on the tally that year. He's released seven solo studio albums since then, including "The Next Day."
-- Agnetha Fältskog, "A" (No. 186): The ABBA member returns to the Billboard 200 after an almost 30-year wait -- her last charting album was 1983's "Wrap Your Arms Around Me" (No. 102 peak). The new set (2,000) reached No. 6 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, marking her first solo U.K. top 10 set.
-- Amy Grant, "How Mercy Looks From Here" (No. 12): The Christian and pop singer scores her highest-charting album since 1997's "Behind the Eyes" reached No. 8, as her latest release debuts at No. 12 with 26,000. The new title gives Grant her best sales frame since 2003's "Simple Things" launched with 41,000. Over on the Christian Albums chart, the set starts at No. 1, giving Grant a record-extending 16th No. 1.
-- Ed Sheeran, "+" (No. 56): With the overall album market down by 8% this week, any album that saw a decline of less than 10% was awarded a bullet on the chart. (Bullets generally indicate those titles with the greatest gain in a week.) In turn, as Sheeran's set is down by 1%, that tiny decline is actually somewhat of a triumph this week -- compared to the market's 8% dip. In turn, the album jumps 62-56 with a bullet. Credit for the jump is owed the rising airplay of his single "Lego House" (27-24 on Mainstream Top 40) and a performance of the tune on the Billboard Music Awards (May 19).
-- R.E.M., "Green" (No. 100): The rock band's first album for Warner Bros. gets the 25th anniversary deluxe reissue treatment, as it returns to the tally with 4,000 and a 3,772% gain. The revamped edition was remastered and includes a 1989 live concert as a bonus CD.
-- Huey Lewis & the News, "Sports" (No. 120): The band's classic 1983 album makes its 30th anniversary return, bolstered with a smattering of extra cuts (3,000; up 2,101%). The album spent one week at No. 1 on June 30, 1984, but 42 weeks lodged in the top 10. It finished 1984 as the No. 2 album of the year, second only to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
-- Laura Mvula, "Sing to the Moon" (No. 172): An NPR "Weekend Edition" feature on May 19 pushes the 390% gain for the album -- nearly all in downloads too (digital sales are up by 284%). She recently played her first U.S. tour dates as well: Washington, D.C. (May 19), and Boston (21).