George Strait, The Beatles enter top 5
Rapper Lil Wayne hung onto his No. 1 position on the U.S. album chart last week, as country star George Strait and the Beatles rolled into the top five.Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (Cash Money) maintained its slot with slumping second-week sales of 219,000 (off 77%), according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Sept. 11. The New Orleans star blew onto the top of the list the previous week with debut sales of 964,000. Adele’s “21” held off the major bows at No. 2; the Columbia album maintained a torrid pace with a 121,000-unit frame (down 21%). Chart perennial Strait’s “Here for a Good Time” (MCA Nashville) arrived at No. 3 with a tally of 91,000 units. His previous two collections, “Twang” (2009) and “Troubadour” (2008) both debuted at the peak; current set matches the No. 3 debut of 2006’s “It Just Comes Natural.” More than 50 years after their first recording session, the Beatles took No. 4 with the remastered version of their hits compilation “1” (Apple/Capitol), which logged a fab 60,000-unit week. The package, which has moved 11.8 million units since its release in 2000, made its iTunes bow in the previous sesh at $9.99. Band’s catalog made its exclusive digital debut at the online music store in November. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “I’m With You” (Warner Bros.) took No. 5, dropping three positions with 58,000 sold, marking a 75% decline. Two titles reappeared in the top 10 for the week. Lifted by the addition of “Moves Like Jagger,” the current hit collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5’s long-dormant “Hands All Over” (A&M/Octone) gained 16 runs and soared to No. 7 with a 29,000-unit performance (up 97%). The album debuted at No. 2 almost a year ago. L.A. band Foster the People’s “Torches” (Columbia) climbed two poles to No. 10, despite a 14% downturn, with a 25,000-unit stanza. It last visited the top 10 in June, when it peaked at No. 8. Other top 10 titles included Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” (No. 6, 49,000 units, off 38%), compilation “Now 39″ (No. 8, 27,000, down 25%) and Beyonce’s “4” (No. 9, 25,000, off 35%). Country threesome Lady Antebellum’s new “Own the Night,” sequel to last year’s smash “Need You Now,” should have no trouble debuting at the top in the coming week.