A$AP Rocky's No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart was the big news this week, as the rapper started atop the tally with his ne album, "Long.Live.A$AP," moving 139,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of just two debuts in the top 10. The other was the "Kidz Bop 23" album, which started in the runner-up slot with 81,000.
As for the rest of the chart, there were of course some movers and shakers. Let's take a closer look at some of them.
-- The Tenors: After two earlier albums billed as the Canadian Tenors, the group is back with a simplified name: the Tenors. The quartet's latest album, "Lead With Your Heart," debuts at a career-high No. 21 with a best-ever sales week of 16,000. Over on the Classical Crossover albums chart, it begins at No. 1, earning the vocal group its third No. 1 in as many tries.
-- Yo La Tengo: The alt-rock trio's "Fade" bows at No. 26 with 14,000 sold, earning its highest charting album ever and its second-largest sales week of the SoundScan era (1991-present). The new effort is its first since 2009's "Popular Songs" spent four weeks on the list, peaking at No. 58.
-- The Civil Wars: Though the duo is on hiatus, they notch a second top 40 album on the chart this week with the arrival of its iTunes-exclusive EP "Unplugged on VH1" (11,000 sold at No. 34). iTunes also sale-priced the duo’s "Barton Hollow" album, leading to its 81% gain at No. 73.
-- Michael Jackson: Amazon MP3 discounted the King of Pop's "Thriller" album to $2.99 last week, resulting in 4,000 sold and overall sales gain of 118% and a 503% spike in downloads. Its re-entry at No. 88 is its highest rank since March 10, 2012, when it also rebounded in at No. 88.
-- Sho Baraka: The hip-hop artist's third solo set, "Talented 10th," debuts at No. 108 and also gives him his first No. 1 on Gospel Albums, shifting 4,000. It follows the earlier charting sets Turn My Life Up (No. 43, 2008) and Lions & Liars (No. 3, 2010).
-- Christopher Owens: At No. 190, the former singer for the band Girls (and recent model for Saint Laurent Paris) bows with his debut solo album, "Lysandre." It sold 2,000 copies (26% of that sum were vinyl LPs) and also launches at No. 4 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
-- Anthony Jeselnik: The stand-up comedian's "Caligula" -- released on Comedy Central Records -- also arrives at No. 1 on the Comedy Albums chart. It's the 25th No. 1 for the record label -- 32% of the so-far 77 No. 1s in the chart's eight-year history.
-- 2Cellos: 2Cellos' new album, "In2ition," gathers the most unlikely bunch of guest stars to help out the cello duo. The set boasts guitar legend Steve Vai, "Glee's" Naya Rivera, buzzed-about pop vocalist Sky Ferreira and classical pianist Lang Lang.
Thanks in part to the heavy dose of added talent, the duo's new album takes a bow at No. 4 on Classical Crossover Albums (3,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and No. 175 on the Billboard 200. The pair, comprising Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, cover a range of pop songs on the set, including Rihanna's "We Found Love," AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," and Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole."