The Billboard 200: To say it was an exciting top 10 this week would be an understatement. For only the second time in the Billboard 200’s history, the entire top six albums were debuts. And, with a No. 1 bow from Dave Matthews Band, the act became the only group with six consecutive No. 1-debuting studio releases.
But now, let’s take a look at some of the other movers and shakers on the Billboard 200 and elsewhere on our album charts:
— Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album: The companion compilation to the hit book series arrives at No. 22 with 17,000 sold and also bows at No. 1 on Traditional Albums. (On the latter, it blocks a debuting Renee Fleming [No. 2] from her seventh No. 1.) The “Grey” various artists collection contains music chosen by the books’ author, E.L. James, including Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” (performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner) and Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium” (performed by the Tallis Scholars).
— David Byrne & St. Vincent: David Byrne earn his highest charting album ever, as Love This Giant, his collaboration with St. Vincent, starts at No. 23 with 16,000. Byrne had never been higher (in his solo career) than No. 44 — with 1981’s My Life In the Bush of Ghosts (with Brian Eno).
— Ross Lynch: The co-star of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally,” debuts at No. 1 on the Kid Audio chart and No. 27 on the Billboard 200 with the show’s soundtrack, selling 12,000. 10 of the album’s 12 tunes are by the singer while the other two are from his family band, R5. The quintet consists of four Lynch siblings (brothers Ross, Riker, Rocky and sister Rydel) along with the unrelated drummer Ellington Ratliff. The band is slated to release its Hollywood Records debut EP in early 2013, followed by a full-length album later in the year.
— Pet Shop Boys: The pop/dance duo claims its 16th entry on the Billboard 200 as Elysium debuts at No. 44, selling 7,000 in its first week. The effort also enters at No. 2 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart (7,000 copies sold), marking the 11th hit for the group on that tally. (Though, that sum would be larger had the chart — which launched in 2001 — existed in the 1980s and 1990s. In those two decades, Pet Shop Boys notched 11 hits on the Billboard 200.)
— Maroon 5, Demi Lovato & Blake Shelton: Following the premieres of the new seasons of “The Voice” and “The X Factor” last week, some of their judges earn gains on the chart. Adam Levine’s Maroon 5 jumps 25% with Hands All Over (135-109), Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue is up 16% (148-134) and Demi Lovato’s Unbroken set rises 2% (but is pushed back 118-121). Not on the chart: “The X Factor’s” Britney Spears.
— Madonna: The diva’s MDNA album reenters the chart at No. 140, crosses the half-million mark this week and earns a 106% sales gain (3,000 sold for the week). Her MDNA tour started its U.S. and Canada leg recently, thus helping to spark the album to its best sales frame since May.
— ” Monster Mash and Other Terrifying Tunes“ — Is it that time already? This spooky sounds compilation blasts back onto the tally at No. 189 with 2,000 sold (up 142%) — over a month before the Halloween holiday (Oct. 31). Blame the rise on mass merchants (like Walmart), where all but one of those copies were sold last week. Watch for numerous Halloween-inspired sets to populate the chart as we get closer to the end of October.