This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Miley Cyrus rang the bell at No. 1 with the arrival of her new album, "Bangerz." The set sold 270,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That marks the largest sales week for a solo woman's album this year, and the second-biggest frame for a pop album in 2013. (Only Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" logged a bigger week, when it started with 339,000.)
There were a number of movers and shakers on the Billboard 200, as usual. Let's take a look at some of them:
-- Korn, "The Paradigm Shift" - No. 8 - "The Paradigm Shift" debuts at No. 8 this week, giving the band its 12th top 10 album. That ties the act with Dave Matthews Band for the most top 10 albums by a band in the SoundScan era (May 1991-present). Among all acts in that time span, George Strait has logged the most, with 18.
-- Cher, "Closer to the Truth" - No. 11 - The album is pushed back three positions, but takes Greatest Gainer honors (up by 5,000 units to 30,000 for the week) after sales start to kick in from the diva's concert ticket/CD promotion for her upcoming Dressed to Kill tour. Each ticket's price includes a copy of the album, but, as always, sales only count if the consumer has redeemed the offer.
-- Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, "High Rise" - No. 24 - After charting eight previous albums with Scott Weiland as its lead singer, '90s alt rock veterans Stone Temple Pilots return to the Billboard 200 -- but without former lead singer Weiland. This time, they are joined by a new frontman -- and a very famous one at that -- Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. (Weiland was dismissed from the band in February.)
The new five-song EP, "High Rise," enters at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with 12,000 sold. Distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, the set also bows at No. 4 on Hard Rock Albums.
The new lineup was revealed on May 18 during a surprise performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert. The eight-song set included a brand new tune, "Out of Time," written by Bennington with the band. The song was serviced to radio shortly thereafter, and climbed to No. 1 on the Heritage Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, and No. 15 on the Rock Airplay tally.
-- Jason Aldean, "Night Train" - No. 54 - After a year on the chart, the album has never left the top 75, nor sold less than 5,000 in a week. Its total sales now stand at 1.45 million. In 2013, it has shifted 423,000, making it the No. 10 best selling country title this year. This week, it slips 48-54.
-- Journey, "Greatest Hits" - No. 97 - Promoted as a "great classic rock album" in the iTunes Store with a $7.99 sale price, the album earns a 47% sales gain and the Pacesetter title, rising 161-97 on the char. (It's also up by 110% in downloads.) The set is the fourth-biggest-selling greatest hits album of the SoundScan era, with 8.4 million sold.
-- Emeli Sande, "Our Version of Events" - No. 113 - A deluxe reissue of the album with five bonus tracks encourages a 126% gain for the set and a re-entry at No. 113. The revamped set is only available at Target and iTunes. The album's total sales have now risen to 222,000. Current single "My Kind of Love" concurrently debuts at No. 36 on Mainstream Top 40, while rising 31-29 on Adult Top 40.
-- Chris Tomlin, "Burning Lights" - No. 120 - Venue sales of the former No. 1 album during his Burning Lights tour help ignite sales by 37% for a re-entry at No. 120. The fall tour launched on Oct. 3 in Oklahoma City and continues through Nov. 8 in Atlanta.
-- St. Lucia, "When the Night" - No. 191 - The singer (real name: Jean-Philip Grobler) arrives with his debut full-length set, which also lands at No. 6 on Heatseekers Albums. 20% of the album's first-week sales from from the act's home base of New York.