Second-week sales of 'Born This Way' decline 84%

Despite a huge sales drop, Lady Gaga’s million-selling “Born This Way” maintained its hold on the top position of the U.S. album chart last week.

Outre vocalist’s sophomore Interscope album took No. 1 with second-week sales of 174,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sunday. That’s an 84% decline from the opening-week tally of 1.1 million.

Drop is large even by conventional standards: Chart-toppers usually see sales shrink anywhere from 50%-70% the second week out. Gaga’s big fade no doubt reflects the large percentage of her first-week score generated by Amazon’s 99ยข download blow-out.

Week’s No. 2 set, Adele’s “21” (Columbia), rose one notch on sales of 121,000, despite a 4% dip. English vocalist’s long-legged release, which has now moved more than 2 million, could retake the pinnacle soon; collection is already outselling Gaga’s release at iTunes, according to the chart released Tuesday by Apple.

Death Cab for Cutie’s “Codes and Keys” (Atlantic) managed the week’s top debut, bowing at No. 3 with 102,000 sold. Washington-bred band’s set performed a little less robustly than the previous “Narrow Stairs,” which entered at No. 1.

Another popular Washington performer, Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder, laid down his electric guitar and debuted at No. 4 with his acoustic “Ukulele Songs” (Monkeywrench). Solo set — Vedder’s second, after the “Into the Wild” soundtrack — tallied 71,000 copies out of the box.

Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket’s “Circuital” (ATO) rounded out the top five with a No. 5 debut. Band’s sixth studio album scanned 55,000, good for its highest debut to date.

Week’s other top 10 debut wass Celtic rock unit Flogging Molly’s “Speed of Darkness” (Thirty Tigers), which arrived at No. 9 with 25,000 shifted.

Rest of the top 10 consisted of Brad Paisley’s “This Is Country Music” (No. 6, 53,000 sold, down 65%), the “Now 38″ comp (No. 7, 39,000, off 13%), Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” (No. 8, 33,000, up 1%) and “Glee: The Music: Volume Six” (No. 10, 25,000, down 68%).

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