Hip-hop album sells 204,000 copies
Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers” beamed onto the U.S. album chart at No. 1 last week, leading five fresh titles into the national top 10.The Chicago hip-hopper’s Atlantic set took the pinnacle with 204,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Sunday. Fiasco’s collection dethroned the chart champ of the previous two weeks, Adele, whose “21″ (Columbia) slipped one notch to No. 2 on a 133,000-unit week (down 21%). U.K. thrush’s album is the bestselling release of the year to date, with a total of 653,000 moved. The “Glee” phenomenon continued unabated, as the new “The Music: Vol. 5″ (Columbia) marched in at No. 3. The Fox series’ cast captured the “show” position with a 90,000-unit debut. Canadian songbird Avril Lavigne bowed at No. 4 with “Goodbye Lullabye” (RCA), which scanned 87,000. Georgia rock heroes R.E.M. entered at No. 5 with “Collapse Into Now” (Warner Bros.), arriving with 57,000 sold. Country singer Sara Evans’ “Stronger” (RCA Nashville) moved in at No. 6 with a 55,000-unit first week. Wrapping the top 10 were Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More,” which dropped four rungs to No. 7 with 46,000 sold (off 16%); Marsha Ambrosius’ “Late Nights and Early Mornings,” which fell six positions in its second week to No. 8, shifting 41,000 (down 57%); Justin Bieber’s demi-soundtrack “Never Say Never — The Remixes,” down five poles to No. 9 with 40,000 sold (off 25%); and the “Now 37″ hits compilation, down five positions to No. 10 behind a 33,000-unit week (off 26%). Rock unit Rise Against and “iCarly” star Miranda Cosgrove are poised for high entries this week.