Since SoundScan started powering the chart, there have been 583 albums that reached No. 1. Of those, only 13% (76 titles) did not debut at No. 1, including J. Cole's Born Sinner.
With just 58,000 sold at No. 1, this is the sixth-smallest sales week for the top-selling album in the SoundScan era—and the smallest sum at No. 1 in nearly a year. The last time a chart-topper moved fewer copies in a week was on the Aug. 4, 2012, chart, when Zac Brown Band's Uncaged sold 48,000 in its second week at No. 1. The all-time smallest sales week at No. 1 occurred on the Feb. 12, 2011, chart, when Amos Lee's Mission Bell debuted atop the list with just 40,000 sold.
Last week's No. 1, Wale's "The Gifted," falls to No. 2 with 50,000 (down 68%), while West's "Yeezus" holds at No. 3 with 39,000 (down 40%). Imagine Dragons' Night Visions jumps 8-4—its highest rank since its No. 2 debut last September. The rise comes courtesy of a 23% spike in sales, as the set sold 36,000 last week. Its current pop radio single, "Radioactive," concurrently rises 5-4 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (known as Mainstream Top 40 on Billboard.biz).
Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times rounds out the top five, as it steps 6-5 with 32,000 (up 3%). It matches its No. 5 peak, which was first established three weeks ago.
The lone debut in the top 10 this week is at No. 6, where R&B singer Joe bows with Doubleback: Evolution of R&B. It sold 31,000 copies and marks Joe's sixth top 10 set. His last set, 2011's The Good, the Bad, the Sexy, debuted and peaked at No. 8 with a 33,000 start. Meanwhile, on the R&B Albums chart, Doubleback enters at No. 1.
There are few major albums that debut high on the new chart, as the Independence Day holiday week wasn't a preferred release week for many acts. After Joe, the next-highest bow comes in at No. 16, where Relient K's Collapsible Lung starts with 16,000.
Rounding out the top 10 are Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (5-7 with 28,000; down 10%), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist (12-8 with 24,000; up 1%), Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox (13-9 with 22,000; down 2%) and Blake Shelton's Based On a True Story . . . (15-10 with nearly 22,000; down 2%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, things are pretty sleepy too. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring Pharrell and T.I., holds at No. 1 again, selling 423,000 (down less than 1%).
After that, the titles at Nos. 2-7 are non-movers. Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" is No. 2 with 210,000 (up 1%), Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" is No. 3 with 198,000 (down 6%), and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" is No. 4 with 184,000 (down 6%). Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," featuring Pharrell Williams, is No. 5 with 179,000 (down 5%), Mars' "Treasure" is No. 6 with 144,000 (down 9%), and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, is No. 7 with 130,000 (down 8%).
Anna Kendrick's "Cups," from the film "Pitch Perfect," continues to rise, as it jumps 10-8 with 117,000 (up 12%). It's the best sales week yet for the song, which also moves 18-15 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, is pushed back one slot to No. 9—despite a gain of 4%—as it sells another 114,000.
Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It" closes out the top 10, falling one rung to No. 10 with 101,000 (down 7%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 7) totaled 4.9 million units, down 2% compared with the sum last week (5 million) and down 16% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 146.9 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (156.2 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.4 million downloads, down 3% compared with last week (25.2 million) and down 6% stacked next to the comparable week of 2012 (25.9 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 706.6 million, down 2% compared with the same total at this point last year (723.9 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2012 when: Zac Brown Band's Uncaged debuted at No. 1 with 234,000 sold, while Frank Ocean's Channel Orange arrived at No. 2 with 131,000. The previous week's No. 1, Chris Brown's Fortune, fell to No. 4 with 45,000 (down 67%).