This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience held firm at No. 1 for a second week. It sold 318,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan -- down a moderate 67% from its 968,000 start.
Timberlake's decline is soft when compared to all of the No. 1-debuting albums of the last 12 months. Of the 33 earlier No. 1 bows in the past year, more than half -- 21 -- had a greater second-week percentage decline than Timberlake. As Timberlake's album started with a blockbuster sales week, it naturally had farther to fall. However, in the past year, of the three earlier albums that debuted with a half-million or more, all dropped harder than JT in their second week: One Direction's Take Me Home slipped 67.43%, Taylor Swift's Red fell 71.51% and Mumford & Sons' Babel dropped 71.84%.
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200 this week there were a number of movers and shakers, as usual. Let's take a look at some of them:
-- Thompson Square: With their second release, Just Feels Good, the country duo logs its best sales week yet (36,000) and highest position on the Billboard 200 as the set bows at No. 13. Over on Top Country Albums, due to a busy chart, it bows at No. 4 -- one rung lower than the No. 3 bow/peak of its self-titled debut album in 2011.
-- Pink Floyd: Amazon MP3 sale pricing of The Dark Side of the Moon (for $2.99) last week sends it flying from No. 114 to No. 28 with a 419% sales gain. It's the album's highest rank since Oct. 15, 2011, when it reentered at No. 12 after it was reissued as part of the Why Pink Floyd? remasters campaign.
-- Dido: After a four-year absence from the chart, the British singer/songwriter returns with a low-key 18,000 debut at No. 32 for her fourth album Girl Who Got Away. Her last set, "Safe Trip Home," started at No. 13 with 51,000. Her first two releases both peaked at No. 4 in 2001 and 2003.
-- Fred Hammond: The gospel artist arrives at No. 39 with this collaborative project, United Tenors: Hammond, Hollister, Roberson, Wilson. On the set, Hammond is assisted by his fellow United Tenors: Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson and Brian Courtney Wilson. The effort also debuts at No. 1 on Gospel Albums, notching Hammond his eighth leader on the tally. Since the Gospel tally became a weekly chart in 1995, among all acts, only Kirk Franklin has had more No. 1s, with 10.
-- David Archuleta: Though the singer has been off the pop radar since he departed on his Mormon mission in March of 2012 -- he's been present on the charts thanks to banked recordings. His latest, No Matter How Far, arrives at No. 110 with 5,000 and marks his sixth chart entry on the tally. His highest-charting album remains his self-titled debut, released in 2008. It opened and peaked at No. 2 a few months after he placed second on that season's "American Idol."
-- Shirley Caesar: Charting since the 1970s on Billboard's various tallies, the gospel great finally arrives on the Billboard 200 with her new album, Good Good (No. 168 in its debut frame). With 4,000 sold, the title also enters at No. 4 on Gospel Albums.