Singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with “Burning Lights,” while three more new arrivals bowed in the top 10 — all from rock bands. Hollywood Undead, Black Veil Brides and Dropkick Murphys moved in at Nos. 2, 7 and 9, respectively.
As for the rest of the chart, there were of course — as always — some movers and shakers. Let’s take a closer look at some of them:
— Conor Maynard: The 20-year old British pop singer sees his first U.S. album “Contrast” debut on the list at No. 34 with 12,000 sold, comprised primarily of download sales (62%). The set’s current single, “Turn Around” (featuring Ne-Yo), rises 34-32 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart, up 19% in detections at the format.
— “Girls” Soundtrack: The HBO series’ companion set debuts at No. 66 with 6,000 sold also enters the Soundtracks chart at No. 6. It’s the highest-charting HBO soundtrack on the latter tally since Flight of the Conchords’ “I Told You I Was Freaky” hit No. 2 in Nov. 2009.
— Otis Redding: The icon’s No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” turned 45-years old last week, and Amazon MP3 celebrated the anniversary by selling “The Very Best Of Otis Redding” for $5.99 (it’s up by 458%). More than 20 years after its release in 1992, the album debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 107 — with 4,000 sold. It marks Redding’s return to the chart after a little more than 40 years. He last appeared on the list in 1972 with another greatest hits set, “The Best Of Otis Redding,” which peaked at No. 76.
— Sky Ferreira: Following Sky Ferreira’s U.S. TV debut on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Jan. 7, the singer’s “Ghost” EP returns to the Heatseekers Albums chart with a big gain. The set, released in October, reenters the list at No. 8 with a 167% sales increase and its second-best sales week yet (1,000 sold) according to Nielsen SoundScan.
— Benjamin Gibbard: After an interview and performance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” (Jan. 10), Gibbard’s “Former Lives” gains by 249% to its best sales week (3,000) since October and reenters at No. 191. This is only the set’s third week on the chart — having spent just two weeks on the tally back on the lists dated Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. It bowed at No. 34 and then plummeted to No. 130.
— Ray Charles: The icon’s “Hit the Road, Jack” — an amazingly thrifty-priced compilation (158 songs for $5.99 on iTunes) — was released in December and climbs onto the list at No. 181 with 3,000. On our new R&B Albums tally, it starts at No. 11. However, at some point after Wednesday, Jan. 16, the album — released through the indie label Charly Records — was removed from the iTunes Store. Perhaps the deal was too good to be true and it was released erroneously?
— Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out: The Cracker Barrel-exclusive “Timeless Hits From the Past: Bluegrassed” earns Moore his first No. 1 on Bluegrass Albums as it debuts atop the tally. Moore previously notched two early top 10s on the Bluegrass chart in 2009 and 2011. The new album also bows atop the Heatseekers Albums chart and enters at No. 161 on the Billboard 200 (3,000 sold).