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Maroon 5 Tops Billboard 200 With ‘V’

Pop band Maroon 5 nabs its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its fifth studio release -- appropriately named "V" -- debuts atop the list.

Pop band Maroon 5 nabs its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its fifth studio release — appropriately named V — debuts atop the list. It sold 164,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The 164,000 start is a drop-off from the arrival of the group’s last album, 2012’s Overexposed, which launched with 222,000 at No. 2. However, V‘s bow is bigger than of the album that came before Overexposed — 2010’s Hands All Over, which debuted at No. 2 with 142,000.

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Maroon 5 topped the chart once previously, with their second album, 2007’s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. That release continues to hold the group’s personal best sales week, when the album shifted 429,000 in its debut frame. It Won’t Be Soon Before Long followed the group’s breakthrough debut album, Songs About Jane, which peaked at No. 6 in 2004 and spent 122 weeks on the chart.
Rapper Jeezy follows Maroon 5 on the new chart, as his latest effort, Seen It All: The Autobiography, arrives at No. 2 with 121,000. He also enters at No. 1 on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Rap Albums chart. Jeezy’s last album, 2012’s T M: 103 Hustlerz Ambition (credited to Young Jeezy), debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 233,000 copies in its first week.
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises one rung to No. 3 on the latest Billboard 200, selling 53,000 copies (up 10 percent). Its cumulative sales rise to 426,000. Last week’s No. 1 album, Ariana Grande‘s My Everything, slides to No. 4 in its second week, selling 42,000 (down 75 percent).

Next up on the chart, reggae legend Bob Marley claims his highest charting album ever, as his greatest hits set Legend (with his band the Wailers) jumps from No. 100 to No. 5 (41,000; up 1,166 percent). The set’s big gain is owed to the Google Play store discounting the title to 99-cents during the tracking week. The digital album normally sells for around $8.
Legend was released in 1984, and had previously gone as high as No. 18 in 2012. Marley has visited the top 10 once before, with 1976’s Rastaman Vibration, which peaked at No. 8 on the July 4, 1976-dated chart.
Following Marley is rock band Counting Crows with the debut of Somewhere Under Wonderland, bowing at No. 6 with 32,000. It’s the group’s sixth top 10 album, and first since 2008’s Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings debuted and peaked at No. 3.
Closing out the second half of the top 10 is the soundtrack to Frozen (holding at No. 7 with 30,000; up 11 percent), Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour (5-8 with just under 30,000; down 4 percent), the Now 51 compilation (8-9 with 28,000; up 10 percent) and Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood (6-10 with 20,000; down 34 percent).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” regains the No. 1 slot, rising one rung, selling 312,000 downloads (up 17 percent). Last week’s leader, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” dips to No. 2 with 281,000 (down 21 percent) in its third chart week. “Shake” has now sold 1.2 million downloads.

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Jessi J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang” is steady at No. 3 with 170,000 (down 30 percent) and Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, rises 5-4 with 143,000 (down 24 percent). Minaj’s “Anaconda” descends 4-5 with 130,000 (down 31 percent), Grande’s “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, jumps 8-6 with 95,000 (down 20 percent) and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is stationary at No. 7 with 84,000 (down 33 percent).
Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne, returns to the top 10 after a week away, rising 12-8 with 82,000 (down 4 percent). MAGIC!’s “Rude” zips 17-9 with 81,000 (up 21 percent) and Sia’s “Chandelier” swings back into the top 10, climbing 11-10 with 79,000 (down 12 percent).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 7) totaled 4.13 million units, down 1 percent compared with the sum last week (4.18 million) and down 18 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.06 million). Year to date album sales stand at 162.79 million, down 15 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (190.95 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.13 million downloads, down 6 percent compared with last week (20.27 million) and down 14 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (22.33 million). Year to date track sales are at 793.75 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (910.33 million).
Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Keith Urban’s Fuse debuted at No. 1, selling 98,000 copies. The Weeknd’s Kissland started in the No. 2 slot with 95,000.