Charts: The Black Keys Claim First No. 1 Album

Michael Jackson's 'Xscape' arrives in the runner-up slot

Rock duo The Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Turn Blue" debuts at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's "Xscape" starts at No. 2.

"Turn Blue" sold 164,000 copies in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "Xscape" shifted 157,000. Both albums surpassed their industry forecast: On May 16, sources suggested they would sell between 150,000 and 155,000 each.

"Turn Blue" is the eighth studio album from The Black Keys, and gives the act its third top 10. It follows the No. 2 debut of its last album, 2011's "El Camino" (206,000 in its first week). Before that, the act's previous top 10, 2010's "Brothers," debuted and peaked at No. 3. ("Turn Blue" also gives its label, Nonesuch, its first chart-topper.)

Meanwhile, "Xscape" is Jackson's 10th top 10 effort. He previously reached the region with "Ben" (peaking at No. 5 in 1972), "Off the Wall" (No. 3, 1980), "Thriller" (No. 1, 1982), "Bad" (No. 1, 1987), "Dangerous" (No. 1, 1992), "History: Past, Present and Future Book 1" (No. 1, 1995), "Invincible" (No. 1, 2001) and the posthumous releases "Michael Jackson's This Is It" soundtrack (No. 1, 2009) and "Michael" (No. 3, 2010). The lattermost launched with 228,000 in the week ending Dec. 19, 2010.

"Xscape" was led by the single "Love Never Felt So Good," a duet with Justin Timberlake. It becomes Jackson's 29th top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, rising 22-9. The song's official music video, which also features Timberlake, debuted May 14. Four days later, a virtual Jackson appeared at the Billboard Music Awards, performing the "Xscape" track "Slave to the Rhythm." As for The Black Keys, "Turn Blue" lead single "Fever" topped the Alternative and Rock airplay charts. The act played NBC's Saturday Night Live on May 10, three days before the album's release. Then it visited CBS' Late Show With David Letterman on May 12 and Comedy Central's The Colbert Report on street date.

Next week, watch for Coldplay to log the biggest sales week of the year, as the band's new "Ghost Stories" may debut at No. 1 with 350,000 to 375,000 sold in the week ending May 25, according to industry forecasters.


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