Zac Brown Band Bows At No. 1 on Billboard 200
Zac Brown Band nets its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "You Get What You Give" bows atop the list with 153,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The country act's major label debut, "The Foundation," peaked at No. 9 in May.
"Give" also grants Zac Brown Band its best sales week, previously earned when "Foundation" shifted 62,000 over Christmas in 2009.
Maroon 5's third studio set, "Hands All Over," enters in the runner-up slot with 142,000. The band's last effort, 2007's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," debuted at No. 1 with 429,000 in its first week. "Hands" is Maroon 5's third top 10 set following "Won't" and its premiere effort, 2003's "Songs About Jane," which reached No. 6.
Last week's No. 1, Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns," slides to No. 3 with 70,000 (down 71%) while last week's No. 2-placer, Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," drops to No. 7 with 66,000 (down 73%).
Opening at No. 4 this week is Selena Gomez & the Scene's "A Year Without Rain," starting with a little over 66,000. That barely beats out the act's previous best sales week, when its debut set "Kiss and Tell" opened at No. 9 last year with just under 66,000.
Santana's all-star rock collaborations album, "Guitar Heaven," flies in at No. 5 with a little below 66,000. The tribute to classic rock anthems boasts turns from a number of guest stars, including Chris Daughtry and Chester Bennington.
Eminem's "Recovery" hangs in the top 10 for a 14th straight week -- its entire chart run -- moving down three spots to No. 6, also with a bit under 66,000 (down 26%).
The collaboration album from John Legend and the Roots, "Wake Up!," starts at No. 8 with 63,000. It's the fifth straight top 10 album for Legend (his entire output) and the sixth for the Roots. Meanwhile, country singer Billy Currington nets his first top 10 with his fourth effort: "Enjoy Yourself," bowing at No. 9 with 45,000.
Rounding out the top 10 is the non-moving "My World 2.0" from Justin Bieber shifting 33,000 (down 9%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World" slides out of the No. 1 spot, falling to No. 3 with 161,000 (down 35%). Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" returns to the penthouse with 188,000 (down 3%).
Hot on Mars' tail is Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," jumping five spots to No. 2 with 180,000 (up 31%). The top debut on Digital Songs is the Glee Cast's take on "Empire State of Mind," which bows at No. 10 with 106,000.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 26) totaled 5.03 million units, down 6% compared to the sum last week (5.35 million) and down15% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.93 million). Year to date album sales stand at 215.8 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year (248.0 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.18 million downloads, down 4% compared to last week (19.90 million) and down less than 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (19.27 million). Year to date track sales are at 840.92 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (846.89 million).