This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Civil Wars snared its first No. 1 album as its self-titled set bowed in the top slot. The release sold 116,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in the top 10, which also included a bow at No. 2 by the new "Now 47" compilation (82,000).
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…
-- Lorde, "The Love Club" EP (No. 31): The artist celebrates her first No. 1 on Alternative, while her digital EP climbs 49-31 with a 23% gain (9,000 sold for the week). The economically priced ($4.05 at iTunes and Amazon MP3) five-song set has sold 60,000 copies in 21 weeks on sale.
-- Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, "Bakersfield" (No. 43): The country album has a soft second-week sales decline of just 41% and slides 25-43. That stands in contrast to the sophomore-week dips of such other albums as Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (No. 3 with a 63% decline) and Five Finger Death Punch's "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1" (No. 8 with a 69% drop).
-- Cody Simpson, "Surfers Paradise" (No. 97): The album jumps 151-97 with a 30% gain thanks to purchases made at concert venues where he recently opened for Justin Bieber. Impressively, Simpson made himself available for meet-and-greets with fans who purchased the album.
-- Christina Grimmie, "With Love" (No. 101): The YouTube-born star nets her second charting album, as "With Love" bows with 4,000 sold. Grimmie is supporting Selena Gomez on the North American leg of the latter's Stars Dance tour through Nov. 27.
-- Emeli Sande, "Our Version of Events" (No. 138): Her album returns to the chart with a 24% sales gain, courtesy of exposure generated by airings of her PBS concert "Live at the Royal Albert Hall." The video will be released commercially in the U.S. on Oct. 8.
-- Diana Ross & the Supremes, "20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection" (No. 200): The album was released on Oct. 19, 1999, but finally makes its belated debut nearly 14 years later. It's the 38th chart entry for the Supremes and comes just before the 49th anniversary of the act's debut on the Billboard 200 (Sept. 19, 1964).