'Showstoppers' stays on top, STP debuts at No. 2
The “Glee” cast’s “Showstoppers” fought off a challenge from a new album by Stone Temple Pilots and retained its hold on the No. 1 slot of the U.S. album chart by a slim margin this week.
Columbia’s latest “Glee” compilation amassed sales of 63,000 in its second week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending May 30.
Despite a 54% decline, the TV soundtrack’s numbers outperformed a 62,000-unit bow by San Diego’s hard-rocking Pilots, who debuted at No. 2 with their self-titled Atlantic release.
It’s the first new STP studio album since 2001, when “Shangri-La Dee Da” peaked at No. 9. The stormy group reconvened with lead vocalist Scott Weiland two years ago for a successful tour.
The rest of the week’s chart reflected an unambitious release schedule and sleepy Memorial Day week sales, with no other new entries in the top 10.
Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (Island) gained a notch and took No. 3 with a 50,000-unit stanza. Teen dream has sold almost 1.2 million copies of his sophomore album.
“Need You Now” (Capitol Nashville), Lady Antebellum’s seemingly perpetual seller, moved up two poles to No. 4 on a slight 1% up-tick. Country unit’s 46,000-unit week brought its total to nearly 2.2 million.
Usher’s resurgent “Raymond v Raymond” (LaFace) bounced up three rungs to No. 5, despite a 13% drop, selling 35,000.
The rest of the top 10 reflected small gains and declines for familiar titles: Lady Gaga’s “Fame” (No. 6, up six slots, +11%), the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main St.” (No. 7, off five positions, -64%), the Black Keys’ “Brothers” (No. 8, down three positions, -65%), Carole King and James Taylor’s “Live at the Troubadour” (No. 9, up two slots, -16%) and Damian Marley and Nas’ “Distant Relatives” (No. 10, down five poles, -56%).
New releases by singer-songwriter Jack Johnson and R&B mover and shaker Taio Cruz should shake up the top of the chart next week.