On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Jason Aldean notched the third-largest sales week of the year with the arrival of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, at No. 1. The set, released through Broken Bow Records, sold 278,000 in the week ending Oct. 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was Aldean’s second No. 1 effort, and it was one of six debuts in the top 10.
Of course, there was lots of chart action elsewhere on the chart. Let's take a closer look:
– The Piano Guys, Wonders - No. 12 – The group earns its highest charting album ever, and the largest debut sales week for a new age act in over five years, as Wonders starts at No. 12 with 23,000 sold. The last new age act to earn a bigger opening frame was new Yanni, who saw his Yanni Voices project bow with 26,000 on the chart dated April 11, 2009.
The Piano Guys also log the highest-charting new age album on the Billboard 200 since Dec. 6, 2008, when Enya’s And Winter Came… spent its final week in the top 10 (at No. 9).
Wonders, released on Portrait/Sony Masterworks, naturally also debuts at No. 1 on the New Age Albums chart — making it their fifth consecutive chart-topper. The album also bows atop Classical Albums, Classical Crossover Albums, and Internet Albums. The album sold particularly well online, with 52 percent of its first week coming from Internet retailers like Amazon.com.
– Jackson Browne, Standing in the Breach - No. 15 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member collects his second-highest debut ever on the chart with Standing in the Breach's arrival. His best-ever launch came with 1980's Hold Out, which bowed at No. 10 (later climbing to No. 1). Browne claimed one top 15 album in the interim, with 1983’s Lawyers In Love (it debuted at No. 58, later peaking at No. 8).
– Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf - No. 40 – Thanks to a 99-cent limited time sale price in the Google Play store, the 14-year old album re-enters the list with a 3,221 percent sales gain, and its best sales week (8,000) since 2003.
— Soundtrack, The Best of Me - No. 54 – The country star-filled soundtrack starts with 6,000 and also bows at No. 12 on Top Country Albums — the highest-charting film soundtrack on that list since March 10, 2012, when Act of Valor debuted and peaked at No. 8.
— Betty Who, Take Me When You Go - No. 68 – The singer's first full-length album (following two EPs) gets started with 5,000. The set's debut week was supported by a performance for NPR's World Cafe (Oct. 7) and a visit to ABC TV's The View (Oct. 8).
— John Lennon, Power to the People: The Hits – No. 133 — The album returns (with a 796 percent sales gain), following what would have been John Lennon's 74th birthday on Oct. 9. The set was sale priced and promoted by various digital retailers, including Amazon MP3 and the iTunes Store.