Country artists Justin Moore, Chris Young and Billy Currington all make Top 10 bows as well
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "From Here to Now to You" bows atop the list with 117,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The new effort is his third consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, following "Sleep Through the Static" (2008) and "To the Sea" (2010). (He also opened at No. 1 with his soundtrack to the film "Curious George" in 2006.)
"From Here to Now to You," however, starts with Johnson's lowest debut sales week since his first album, 2001's "Brushfire Fairytales." That set arrived in February of that year, selling fewer than 1,000 copies in its first week. Comparably, Johnson's last two albums started with more than twice the opening sum of "From Here." His last studio set, "To the Sea," sailed in with 243,000, and "Sleep Through the Static" bowed with 375,000.
Johnson leads a debut-filled top 10, where all of the top five titles are new entries for the first time in a little more than a year. That last occurred on the Sept. 29, 2012, chart (reflecting the sales week ending Sept. 16) when Dave Matthews Band, Little Big Town, Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers and the xx started at Nos. 1-5, respectively.
About 20,000 copies behind Johnson this week is country singer Justin Moore, who logs his best sales week yet with his new album, "Off the Beaten Path." It debuts at No. 2 with 97,000 and secures him a second No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
The new set is his third full-length studio album, following "Outlaws Like Me" in 2011 and his self-titled debut in 2009. The former bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 65,000 in its first week. The self-titled album entered at No. 10 with 34,000.
"Off the Beaten Path" is currently enjoying a No. 2 single on the Country Airplay chart: The song "Point at You" rises 3-2 this week.
Moore's "Off the Beaten Path" is one of five country albums in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week — the most in the region in almost three years. Joining Moore in the country parade are the debuting Chris Young ("A.M." at No. 3) and Billy Currington ("We Are Tonight" at No. 10), along with Luke Bryan ("Crash My Party," moving 4-6 in its sixth week with 47,000; down 11%) and Keith Urban ("Fuse," falling 1-8 in its second week with 31,000; down 69%).
Country last swamped the top 10 with five titles way back on Oct. 30, 2010. That week, Darius Rucker's "Charleston, SC 1966" (No. 2), the Band Perry's self-titled album (No. 4), Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey" (No. 6), Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" (No. 8) and Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun" (No. 9) reigned in the top 10.
Young's "A.M." bows with 54,000 and becomes his highest-charting album (though not his best sales week). It’s his second top 10 effort, following 2011's "Neon," which claimed his biggest sales week when it started with 73,000 at No. 4.
Currington, meanwhile, nets his second top 10 album, as "We Are Tonight" enters with 26,000. That's a smaller start than what he saw with his last album (and previous top 10 set), 2010's "Enjoy Yourself." It bowed at No. 9 with 45,000.
In the No. 4 slot this week is the debuting compilation "MMG: Self Made 3," with 50,000. The Maybach Music Group-branded release features contributions from Meek Mill, Wale, Rick Ross and others. It's the third consecutive "Self Made" compilation to bow in the top five. The first started at No. 5 with 59,000 in 2011, while the second launched at No. 4 with 98,000 in 2012.
One more debut populates the action-packed top five this week: Avicii's "True" starts at No. 5 with 50,000. It marks the biggest bow for a solo EDM artist's first studio album. The set's smash hit single, "Wake Me Up!," rises 8-4 on the Pop Songs airplay chart this week (known as Mainstream Top 40 on billboard.biz).