This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Selena Gomez triumphed with her first No. 1 album, as "Stars Dance" started atop the list with 97,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Jay Z's "Magna Carta… Holy Grail," fell to No. 2 with 77,000 (down 40%).
Outside the top 10 on the Billboard 200 there were a number of movers and shakers, as usual. Let's take a look at some of them…
-- Guns N' Roses, "Greatest Hits" (No. 190): This week, Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits becomes the third-longest charting album on the Billboard 200 in the Nielsen SoundScan era.
The set re-enters the list at No. 190 (2,000; up 27%), marking its 271st week on the tally. Since SoundScan began powering the chart on May 25, 1991, the longevity champ is Metallica's self-titled 1991 album, with 284 weeks on the list.
GNR's Greatest Hits surpasses Enigma's MCMXC A.D. album, which it had been tied with at 270 weeks apiece. Enigma's set has been absent from the list since 1996.
Next up in GNR's sights is Taylor Swift's self-titled album, with 274 weeks. Both it and GNR's Hits album have charted multiple weeks on the list this year. That's in contrast to Metallica's self-titled effort, which last ranked on the 200 dated Aug. 18, 2012.
-- Soundtrack, "Pitch Perfect" (No. 18): With 610,000 copies sold this year, it is the fastest-selling soundtrack of any year since 2009, when we had two million-sellers by this point: "Hannah Montana: The Movie" (1.3 million) and "Twilight" (1 million). This week, "Pitch Perfect" rises 19-18 on the Billboard 200 with another 15,000 sold (down 4%).
-- Phillip Phillips, "The World From the Far Side of the Moon" (No. 33): The 2012 "American Idol" winner's debut album is approaching 1 million in sales (955,000 and counting). As he follows 2011 champ Scott McCreery's debut (“Clear As Day,” 1.2 million), Phillips would give "Idol" back-to-back million selling debuts from its winners for the first time since 2007-2008 (Jordin Sparks and David Cook). On this week's chart, "World" spends its 36th week on the chart, dipping two rungs to No. 33.
-- Various Artists, "Motown 25" (No. 53): The Starbucks-exclusive compilation debuts at No. 53 and is the third album with the iconic brand name Motown in its title to chart this year. It follows the "Motown 1's" set (Jan. 12; No. 27) and the original Broadway cast recording of "Motown: The Musical" (No. 108; June 22).
-- Train, "California 37" (No. 74): The album was included in an iTunes Store promotion last week, where "great pop albums" were discounted to $7.99. In turn, it climbs 118-74 with an overall 53% sales jump and a 62% rise in downloads.
-- Soundtrack, "The Smurfs 2" (No. 112): While the first "Smurfs" film in 2011 only had a score soundtrack (that never charted), the movie's sequel sports a multi-artist compilation set as its tie-in album. "Smurfs 2" features Britney Spears, Owl City and Nelly Furtado, and debuts at No. 112 with 3,000. With the film opening in the U.S. on July 31, the album is likely to grow in sales -- and chart position -- next week.
-- Lindsey Stirling, "Lindsey Stirling" (No. 142): Her independently distributed set ranks as the second-largest selling classical crossover effort of the year (108,000). It's behind only format titan Andrea Bocelli, who has moved 370,000 of “Passione.” (In total, "Lindsey Stirling" has shifted 158,000 since its bow last year.) This week, the album is up one slot to No. 142, with 3,000 (down less than 1%).