Bon Iver nabs No. 2 spot with sophomore release
R&B vocalist Jill Scott topped the U.S. album chart last week as “Light of the Sun” became her first No. 1 collection, while much-lauded indie act Bon Iver placed second with his sophomore set.Scott’s fourth album — her first on her Warner-distributed Blues Babe imprint, and first since her acrimonious split with Hidden Beach Records — sold 135,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending June 26. Her previous personal best came in 2004 when “Beautifully Human” peaked at No. 3. Scott balances her music work with an increasingly busy career as an actress; her thesping has included stints in a pair of Tyler Perry pics. Bon Iver, the vehicle of Wisconsin-bred folk-rock singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, arrived at No. 2 with a self-titled sophomore full-length, which shifted 104,000. First set for the Indiana-based indie label Jagjaguwar topped out at No. 64. Bon Iver’s bow barely beat Adele’s still-rolling mega-hit “21” (Columbia), which hung in at No. 3 with a 101,000-unit week (down 12%). U.K. singer’s tireless title will top the 2.5 million unit mark this week. Silver-piped tyke Jackie Evancho’s “Dream With Me” (Columbia) slid two positions to No. 4 in its second week, reaping 77,000 (off 52%). Another sophomore collection, country singer Justin Moore’s “Outlaws Like Me” (Valory), entered at No. 5 with 65,000 sold. Moore’s self-titled debut topped out at No. 10 in 2009. The week’s other debuts included rapper Pitbull’s “Planet Pit” (J Records), climbing aboard at No. 7 with 55,000 shifted, and spoofmaster “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Alpocalypse” (Volcano), which debuted at No. 9 with a 44,000-unit week. Yankovic’s album is the highest-charting release of his 28-year career. Week’s other top holdovers included Eminem side project Bad Meets Evil’s “Hell: The Sequel” (No. 6, 63,000 sold, off 63%), Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (No. 8, 49,000, off 27%) and Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” (No. 10, 40,000, down 22%). New titles by Beyonce and Selena Gomez will compete for top placement on the upcoming week’s chart, 2011’s sales mid-point.
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