Alison Krauss, Paul Simon round out other chart newcomers

The Foo Fighters scored their first No. 1 collection on the U.S. album chart last week, as their seventh studio set “Wasting Light” (RCA) reached the summit with one of the year’s biggest bows to date.

Rock unit front- ed by ex-Nirvana member Dave Grohl hit the top with 235,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sunday.

Band previously managed a personal best of No. 2 with its 2005 collection “In Your Honor.”

The Foos displaced British thrush Adele, whose “21” (Columbia) dipped to No. 2 after returning to the pinnacle the previous week. Million-plus-selling set continued at a healthy sales clip, selling 93,000 (up 5%).

Three other new releases crowded into the top five.

Alison Krauss and Union Station’s “Paper Airplane” (Rounder) debuted at No. 3 with 83,000 moved out of the box. The country group matched its highest position to date: “New Favorite” hit No. 3 in 2001. Vocalist-fiddler Krauss’ Grammy-winning collaboration with Robert Plant, “Raising Sand,” reached No. 2 in 2007.

Paul Simon celebrated his highest debut in more than two decades with the No. 4 bow of “So Beautiful or So What” (Hear/Concord), which arrived with 68,000 sold. Veteran singer-songwriter last attained that position with “Rhythm of the Saints” in 1990.

Mexican rock band Mana’s “Drama y Luz” (Warner Latina) took the No. 5 spot, climbing on with a 47,000-unit stanza. Vet act from Guadalajara last reached the U.S top 10 with “Amar es Combatir,” a No. 4 entry in 2006.

Holding over near the top were Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” (No. 6, 43,000 sold, off 43%), the “Songs for Japan” compilation (No. 7, 37,000, down 28%), Wiz Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers” (No. 8, 37,000, down 38%), Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.” (No. 9, 35,000, off 32%) and Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (No. 10, 35,000, up 1%).

“Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers” and Gorillaz’s “The Fall” are top contenders for the chart apex in the coming week.

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