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Luke Bryan was the last man standing after his striking performance of "Country Girl."

While all eyes were trained on the No. 1 arrival of Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" on the Billboard 200, there is actually other news on both the Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts this week.

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At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Luke Bryan secures his highest-charting album ever (and best sales week) with his "Tailgates & Tanlines" bowing with 145,000. The set also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart -- his first leader on the tally. Bryan's last album, "Doin' My Thing," entered the Billboard 200 at No. 6 off a 58,000 start.

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The "Now 39" compilation starts at No. 3 with 110,000 while Adele's "21" slips 1-4 (73,000; down 4%). It's the first time "21" has been absent from the top three rungs of the list since it bowed 25 weeks ago.

One more album debuts in the top 10: Ace Hood's "Blood Sweat + Tears" at No. 8 with 26,000. It's the biggest sales frame for the rapper and his first top 10 album as well. His last release, 2009's "Ruthless," started at No. 23 with 20,000.

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Eric Church's "Chief" slips 2-5 (37,000; down 32%), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" holds at No. 6 (36,000; down 13%) and Beyonce's "4" rises 8-7 (27,000; down 22%). PBS broadcasts of Jackie Evancho's "Dream With Me" concert this month during pledge drives help push a 53% gain for her same-named album, which flies 22-9. The album was also sale priced at Target last week for $7.99. The "Dream" concert will also see a DVD release on Sept. 13.

Rounding out the top 10 albums is "Kidz Bop 20," slipping 7-10 with 25,000 (down 32%).

Notably absent from the top 10 this week is the "Glee: the 3D Concert Movie" soundtrack, which bows at No. 16 with 20,000. It's the first "Glee" set not to debut in the top 10 after 11 earlier releases.

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Over on the Digital Songs chart, Maroon 5 hits No. 1 with "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera) as it rises two spots, selling 219,000 downloads (up 38%). Its sales surge was fueled by the release of its music video last week. "Jagger" bumps LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" down to No. 2 with 160,000 (down 13%). Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" pushes its way to a three slot climb to No. 3 with 157,000 (up 18%), while Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" rises 5-4 with 156,000 (up 14%). The latter's gain is owed in part to the release of a new remix featuring Missy Elliott.

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Bad Meets Evil's "Lighters," featuring Bruno Mars, falls 2-5 (147,000; down 11%) while Drake's "Headlines" debuts at No. 6 with 146,000. Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" falls 4-7 (128,000; down 9%), Lil Wayne's "How to Love" drops 7-8 (115,000; down 8%) and Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" descends 8-9 (114,000; down 8%). Closing out the top 10 is Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go," down a rung to No. 10 with 103,000 (down 5%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 14) totaled 5.96 million units, up 5% compared to the sum last week (5.67 million) and up 20% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (4.95 million). Year to date album sales stand at 189.43 million, up 2% compared to the same total at this point last year (185.13 million). It is the 12th week in a row where year-to-date album volume is greater than the same time in the prior year.

Digital track sales this past week totaled 22.82 million downloads, down 2% compared to last week (23.18 million) and up 13% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (20.18 million). Year to date track sales are at 800.35 million, up 11% compared to the same total at this point last year (722.16 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Eminem's "Recovery" held at No. 1, selling 117,000 (down 12%) while Kem's "Intimacy" bowed at No. 2 with 74,000.


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