Beyonce’s ‘4’ holds at No. 1

Diva tops quiet Independence Day week chart

With sales cooling off in the post-July 4 release doldrums, Beyonce’s “4” hung onto the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart last week.

The pop-R&B singer’s Columbia collection shifted 115,000 in its second frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending July 10. Stanza’s only six-figure tally witnessed a 63% decline; set has rung up 426,000 units to date.

Labels typically don’t issue big titles during Independence Day week, which accounts for the stanza’s diminished numbers and just one mild debut in the top 10. Several albums actually moved up last week despite dips in sales.

R&B vocalist Lloyd’s “King of Hearts” (Interscope) bowed at No. 10 with just 26,000 sold out of the box. It’s the singer’s fourth release; his personal best came with 2007’s “Street Love,” which peaked at No. 2.

Brit soulstress Adele’s “21” (Columbia) stood pat at No. 2, despite sales of 79,000 units (a 13% decrease). Disneypop act Selena Gomez & the Scene’s “When the Sun Goes Down” moved up one slot to No. 3 with 44,000 sold, despite a 43% decline. Top five was rounded out by country singer Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” (No. 4, 42,000 sold, down 12%) and Eminem side project Bad Meets Evil’s “Hell: The Sequel” (No. 5, 35,000, off 16%).

Rest of the week’s top guns included Jackie Evancho’s “Dream With Me” (No. 6, 34,000, off 23%), Jill Scott’s “The Light of the Sun” (No. 7, 32,000, down 41%), Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (back in the top 10 at No. 8, 30,000, down 21%), and Big Sean’s “Finally Famous” (No. 9, 27,000, down 69%).

Top of the chart should see some renewed life in the coming week thanks to new releases from Blake Shelton, Incubus and Colbie Caillat.

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