Who's Number One: Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters, who have done something rare: sold more copies of their current album than their previous one in its first week on the Billboard Top 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the band's heavy seventh set Wasting Light moved 235,000 copies. An impressive number for a rock record (the last one to top the charts was the Decemberists with 94,000 in January). An impressive number in 2011 (it's the year's fourth-best debut). An impressive number compared to the 168K Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace sold in 2007. Another fun fact: It's the band's first-ever Number One album!
Why Adele Is Pleased With This News, Too: Because even though she slipped out of the chart's top spot, she sold more records this week than last. More! She sold 93,000 copies of 21, which is a five percent increase over last week's sales.
So That Means ...: The next three spots are occupied by debuts -- Alison Krauss and Union Station's Paper Airplane in Three with 83,000, Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What with 68,000, and Mana's Drama y Luz with 47,000. Britney Spears, Songs for Japan, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, and Mumford & Sons round out the Top 10.
Other Notable Debuts: U.K. export Jessie J's Who You Are landed in 11 with 34,000, TV on the Radio's Nine Types of Light came in 12 with 32,000, and Atmosphere's Family Sign arrived in 13 with 28,000. Panda Bear's Tomboy hit Number 29 with 18,000. We were a little off on our estimate for TV on the Radio -- we had them pegged in the Top 10 for sure, but we forgot to consult figures for their last album, Dear Science, which sold a career-best 34,000 for the Brooklyn rockers.
That Rihanna Reign Just Won't Let Up: "S&M" rules the Hot 100, marking the singer's 10th Number One hit. Billboard tells us that not only has she done this faster than any other solo artist, but she's the youngest to accomplish the feat, too.
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- Nielsen SoundScan
- Foo Fighters
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