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Who Charted? Amos Lee, Who’d Never Sold More Than 16,000 in a Week Before

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Who's Number One: Prior to last week, Philly soulster Amos Lee had never sold more than 16,000 copies of an album in a week, Billboard informs us. Lee moved 40,000 copies of his new disc, "Mission Bell" in the past seven days, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That would be a great improvement for any artist -- a 150 percent leap! -- but in 2011, we call that "enough for Number One." Yes, a new low has been set on the Billboard Top 200 yet again. (But congrats to Amos Lee!)

Why? As MTV News points out, a few well-placed promo spots on "Ellen," "The Tonight Show," National Public Radio, and even "American Idol" -- someone auditioned with Lee's "Dreamin'," which we didn't notice because we were too enthralled with Steven Tyler -- helped raise awareness about "Mission Bell."

Who's Bummed Out: Iron & Wine, whose Warner Bros. debut "Kiss Each Other Clean" missed the top spot by a mere 1,000 sales. If Sam Beam had hit Number One the week right after the Decemberists did, we'd have some sort of indie-rock sensitive dude thing going.

So That Means ...: Two artists in the Top 10 actually sold more records this week than last -- Nicki Minaj (at Number Three thanks to her new "Moment 4 Life" video) and Mumford & Sons (at Six thanks to people's continued love of Mumford & Sons). We stand by our theory that Minaj could conceivably still hit Number One. She was only 2,000 sales shy this week! Last week's big winner the Decemberists fell to Number 10 with 29,000 copies.

Other Notable Debuts: The only Top 10 debut came from Puerto Rican reggaeton stars Wisin Y Yandel at Number Eight. The Cold War Kids hit 21, Talib Kweli entered at 29, Wanda Jackson's Jack White produced album arrived at 56, and Dan Bejar's awesome new Destroyer disc came in at 60 with 7,000.

Diddy Dum Diddy Do: Diddy-Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" also sold 7,000 copies last week, it's seventh in stores. Granted, Michael Jackson's "Michael" sold the nearly the same amount but its total so far -- 450,000 -- is far more impressive than Diddy's 193,000.

Who's in Last Place: Los Bukis' "35 Aniversario" with 2,000 copies sold. Find out more about the Mexican band on MySpace.

[Photo: Bill McCay/WireImage.com]

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