New offering from Rise Against can't overtake U.K. thrush

U.K. vocalist Adele’s “21” retook the top spot on the U.S. album chart last week, as Rise Against arrived at No. 2 with the top debut of a slumbering sesh.

After getting pushed to No. 2 in the previous frame by the hot entry of Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers,” “21” ascended to the apex again with a 98,000-unit week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending March 20. It was Adele’s third week at the pinnacle; her sophomore album has moved 751,000 copies in just four weeks.

“Endgame” (DGC), the sixth album by Chicago punk unit Rise Against, moved in with first-week sales of 85,000 copies. It’s the act’s highest charting release to date; its previous set, “Appeal to Reason,” debuted at No. 3 in 2008.

Week’s only other bow was by Blink-182 percussionist Travis Barker, whose solo collection “Give the Drummer Some” (Interscope) arrived at No. 9 behind a meek 28,000-unit stanza. Rap-oriented collection features guest shots by top such MC’s as Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris.

Previous week’s No. 1 album, Fiasco’s “Lasers,” slid to No. 3 with 47,000 units (off 77%). Filling out the top five were the “Glee” cast’s “The Music — Vol. 5″ (No. 4, 43,000 copies, down 52%) and Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (No. 5, 41,000, off 10%). With 1.1 million sold to date, latter was the only top 10 album with a million-plus tally.

Wrapping the top 10 were Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never — The Remixes” (No. 6, 34,000 units, off 15%), Avril Lavigne’s “Goodbye Lullabye” (No. 7, 32,000, plummeting 64%), the “Now 37″ comp (No. 8, 30,000, down 7%) and Marsha Ambrosius’ “Late Nights and Early Mornings” (No. 10, 28,000, off 33%).

This week should see a much-needed infusion of strong sales from new titles by Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, the Strokes, Duran Duran and Green Day.

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