The Decemberists’ ‘Dead’ bows at No. 1

New titles perk up sales after record-low weeks

The U.S. album chart showed some dim signs of recovery last week, as the Decemberists’ Capitol set “The King Is Dead” led five new titles into the top 10.

The Oregon indie rock band captured its first No. 1 album with a 94,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday. Group’s previous release “The Hazards of Love” (2009) reached No. 14, the band’s previous best.

Unit tally for last week’s chart-topper, while still under 100,000 units, was 50,000 units above the all-time low set by previous week’s No. 1, Cake’s “Showroom of Compassion.”

“Kidz Bop 19,” Razor and Tie’s latest in its perennially popular series of kid-friendly hits covers, entered at No. 2 with 70,000 sold.

Irish band the Script’s “Science and Faith” (Epic) arrived at No. 3, selling 49,000. The group makes a gigantic leap in Stateside prominence with its sophomore album; its self-titled 2008 debut peaked at No. 64.

Vets fill out the top five. Southern California punk unit Social Distortion’s “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” (Epitaph) moved in at No. 4, shifting 46,000. Allman Brothers Band frontman Gregg Allman’s “Low Country Blues” (Rounder) debuted at No. 5, moving 36,000.

Familiar titles completed the top 10: Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” (No. 6, 34,000 sold, up 6%), Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (No. 7, 33,000, up 42%), Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” (No. 8, 31,000, off 13%), Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” (No. 9, 28,000, down 11%) and Mumford and Son’s “Sigh No More” (No. 10, 27,000, up 2%).

Albums by Iron & Wine, the Cold War Kids and the late Eva Cassidy will compete for the top of the chart this week, which will also see the debut of the always-bestselling “Grammy Nominees” package.

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