Chart Moves: Against Me!'s Highest Charting Album, Sara Bareilles' Grammy Gain

Against Me

Ryan Russell

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack ruled for a third non-consecutive week at No. 1, while the "2014 Grammy Nominees" album entered at No. 2. Meanwhile, a number of albums saw early Grammy-related sales gains, including Katy Perry, who earned an 11% sales gain with her "PRISM" album (No. 9 with 25,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).

As usual, there were a number of movers and shakers elsewhere on the Billboard 200 this week. Let's take a look at some of them...

-- Against Me!, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" (No. 23): The rock band scores its highest charting album ever, and its first release on its own label, Total Treble Music. The No. 23 opening surpasses the No. 34 debut and peak of its previous high, set when 2010's "White Crosses" arrived.

-- Sara Bareilles, "The Blessed Unrest" (No. 24): Bareilles, who both performed on the Grammy Awards (Jan. 26) and got face time as an Album of the Year nominee, zooms 45-24 with "The Blessed Unrest" (up 92%), selling 11,000 for the week. It's the title's best sales frame since Sept. 21 (17,000) and highest rank since Aug. 11 (No. 11).

-- Various Artists, "Ultra Dance 15" (No. 66): The series, which launched in 2002, celebrates its 15th edition with this new set, boasting Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears, Linkin Park and One Direction. In total, the series has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States.

-- Reverend Horton Heat, "REV" (No. 111): The act's first release on Victory Records brings the rock trio back to the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1998's "Space Heater." Even better, "REV" is the Reverend Horton Heat's highest-charting album, surpassing the No. 165 peak of 1996's "It's Martini Time."

-- Los Lonely Boys, "Revelation" (No. 120): The trio's latest debuts at No. 120 -- its seventh charting album (3,000) and first since 2011's "Rockpango" debuted and peaked at No. 70. Their highest charting album came with 2006's "Sacred" (No. 2), which followed up their breakthrough self-titled major-label debut that spent 76 weeks on the list, peaking at No. 9.

-- Carole King, "Tapestry" (No. 177): King, the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year, returns to the list with her landmark album "Tapestry" (2,000; up 27%). This is the album's first visit to the chart since June 15, 2013. King was celebrated at an all-star concert on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, and also performed on the Grammys.

-- Soundtrack, "Despicable Me 2" (No. 199): As the album's single "Happy," by Pharrell, begins to take off at radio (debuting at No. 31 on Mainstream Top 40 this week) the set finally bows on the Billboard 200 (2,000; up 26%). This is its best sales week since its release last June.

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