Josh Groban crowned the Billboard 200 this week with "All That Echoes," his third No. 1 album. The pop singer sold 145,000 copies of the set in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Elsewhere in the top 10: Tim McGraw arrived at No. 2, the "Now 45" compilation entered at No. 3, Red's "Release the Panic" started at No. 7 and Coheed and Cambria's "The Afterman: Descension" debuted at No. 9.
As for the rest of the chart, there were some movers and shakers. Let's take a closer look at some of them:
-- "Pitch Perfect" and "Les Miserables": The two albums have each sold more than 200,000 this year -- the first time a pair of soundtracks have sold that much, this fast, since 2003. Presently, "Pitch Perfect" is 2013's top selling soundtrack, having moved 256,000. "Les Mis" is the second biggest, with 245,000. ("Pitch Perfect" was released in 2012 and has sold 468,000 in total.)
The last time two soundtracks sold this well in the first month-and-a-half of the year was in 2003. That year, through the week ending Feb. 9, the "8 Mile" and "Chicago" albums had shifted 428,000 and 336,000, respectively.
This week on the Billboard 200, "Pitch Perfect" falls 5-13 after peaking at No. 3 for two weeks earlier this month. Meanwhile, the "Les Miserables" album drops 17-35. It hit No. 1 on the Jan. 19-dated tally.
-- Luke Bryan: An assortment of country albums, including Luke Bryan's "Tailgates & Tanlines," were sale priced at iTunes for $7.99 and promoted on front of its music store. In turn, Bryan's set gains by 33% (jumping 47-44 with 13,000) while others like Eric Church's “Chief” (54-49; up 34%) and Florida Georgia Line (22-21; up 28%) also rise.
-- Mumford & Sons: The quartet's new "The Road to Red Rocks: Live" album was available as either a stand-alone digital album (which is a new entry at No. 54, 10,000 sold), or as part of a deluxe reissue of the "Babel" album. The "Babel" set also jumps, rising 7-4 with 54,000 (up 50%).
-- Jewel: The singer/songwriter's first "Greatest Hits" album debuts at No. 73 (7,000 sold) and includes a new rendition of her No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Foolish Games." The revamped version is performed as a duet with Kelly Clarkson and sold 5,000 downloads this week.
-- Eels: Though the act's latest, "Wonderful, Glorious," arrives with 7,000 at No. 74, don't expect it to stick around more than a week. The band’s last two albums spent precisely one week on the chart.
-- Sanctus Real: The group's fourth chart entry, "Run," arrives at No. 112 with a little over 4,000 sold. Nearly 3,000 (or 63%) of the set's total first week came from sales generated in the mainstream (non-Christian) retail sector. Download sales accounted for 84% of the mainstream figure.
-- Holly Williams: The granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr. bows at No. 146 with "The Highway." Selling nearly 4,000, it also enters at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 18 on Country Albums. It's her second top 40 set on the latter tally, following 2009's Here With Me (No. 37 peak).
-- Unknown Mortal Orchestra: "II" debuts at No. 170 with 3,000 sold, granting the act its first chart entry on the Billboard 200. A big 32% of the album's first week was vinyl LPs. In turn the title also arrives at No. 3 on the Vinyl Albums chart (where the entire top three are new arrivals).