In a week marked by all-time low album sales, Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” limps back into the No. 1 position on the U.S. album chart.
Teen singer’s sophomore Island album sold 60,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending May 16. Bieber’s tally is the lowest number ever for a chart-topping album; not since the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack held the top with a 66,000-unit sale week in January 2007 has a No. 1 album shifted so little.
Week’s total album sales of 5.3 million is the lowest overall count since the inception of SoundScan in 1991. While four new albums entered the national top 10, only one managed to top 50,000 units.
Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (Capitol Nashville) held steady at No. 2 for yet another week. Country trio’s title sold 54,000 copies, but plummeted 44%.
New York indie-rock band the National notches the stanza’s top entry with “High Violet” (4AD), in at No. 3 with a mild 51,000-unit bow.
The AC/DC soundtrack for “Iron Man 2” (Columbia) bounces up four rungs to No. 4 despite an 11% drop, moving 48,000.
White Stripes front man Jack White’s side project the Dead Weather rolls up at No. 5 with its sophomore set “Sea of Cowards” (Third Man/Warner Bros.), which moved 45,000 out of the box.
Vet singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor’s “Live at the Troubadour” falls two positions to No. 6 with 44,000 sold (off 43%). Usher’s “Raymond V. Raymond” (LaFace) climbs three posts to No. 7 behind a 43,000-unit week (off 16%).
Pop debutante Charice’s self-titled Warner Bros. album enters at No. 8. Philippines-born vocalist’s international bow tracked 43,000 in its opening week.
Godsmack’s “Oracle,” last weeks’ No. 1 album, plunges eight slots to No. 9, losing 63% and selling 43,000.
Top 10 closes out with San Diego metal act As I Lay Dying’s “The Powerless Rise” (Metal Blade), which takes the stage at No. 10 with a 38,000-unit first week.