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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