Sounding the starting gun for the music biz’s make-or-break fourth quarter, Pearl Jam’s No. 1 debut “Backspacer” leads five new releases into the top 10 of the U.S. album chart.
Seattle grunge progenitors’ album, issued on their Monkeywrench imprint via Target, indie stores, iTunes and the band’s website, logs on with first-week sales of 189,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday.
After two weeks atop the chart, Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3” (Roc Nation) slipped to No. 2. The rapper’s set sold 134,000 units, declining 55%.
Canadian rock unit Three Days Grace’s “Life Starts Now” (Jive) moved in at No. 3 behind first-week sales of 79,000.
Whitney Houston’s “I Look to You” (Arista) slid two positions to No. 4 with 66,000 sold, down 58% from last week’s Oprah-fueled tally. Teen diva Miley Cyrus’ EP “Time of Our Lives” held at No. 5 despite an 18% dip, shifting 61,000.
Melodic Long Island punkers Brand New signed on at No. 6 with “Daisy” (DGC), which moved 46,000 in its opening stanza.
L.A. thrash outfit Five Finger Death Punch’s sophomore release “War Is the Answer” (Prospect Park) pummeled in at No. 7, launching with 44,000 sold.
Crooner Harry Connick Jr. boarded the chart at No. 8. Latest Columbia release “Your Song” bows with a 37,000-unit week.
Hip-hopper Drake’s “So Far Gone” (Cash Money) dropped three slots to No. 9 in week two, its 36,000 units reflecting a 51% slide. English band Muse’s “Resistance” (Warner Bros.) plunged seven spots to No. 10, off 72% with 36,000 sold.
Next week’s chart should see more big entries: Albums by Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand, Alice in Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Miranda Lambert and AFI all hit stores Tuesday.