Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe, Sigur Ros all manage Top 10 bows
Singer-guitarist John Mayer held onto the No. 1 post on the U.S. album chart last week as a trio of relatively offbeat acts made noise with new releases in the top 10.Mayer’s Columbia album “Born and Raised” prevailed at the top for a second consecutive frame with sales of 65,000 (losing 70%), according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended June 3. Amid late-spring sales doldrums, Adele’s “21” (Columbia) held steady at No. 2 in its 67th week, tracking 58,000 units (up 4%) behind the telecast of her NBC concert special. Russia-born singer-songwriter Regina Spektor debuted at No. 3 with her new Warner Bros. release “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats,” which arrived with 42,000 shifted. Spektor, whose music is an off-kilter blend of pop, folk and classical, reached the same slot three years ago with her last album, “Far.” Week’s other top-five bow was “Here” (Vagrant), latest from L.A.’s hippiefied Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, which arrived with a 35,000-copy tally. Tribal unit, which did a rail tour with Mumford & Sons last year, peaked at No. 76 with their 2010 debut “Up From Below.” Holding on near the top of the chart were Brit boy band One Direction’s “Up All Night” (No. 4, 41,000 sold, up 12%) and country-pop star Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” (No. 6, 32,000, off 30%). Atmospheric Icelandic group Sigur Ros made its best U.S. chart showing to date with “Valtari” (XL), which debuted at No. 7 with 26,000 sold. Previously, act peaked at No. 15 domestically with its 2008 album — titled in the band’s self-created language — “Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust.” Week’s top 10 offerings were rounded out by the “Now 42″ compilation (No. 8, 26,000 sold, off 16%), country singer Luke Bryan’s resurgent “Tailgates and Tanlines” (No. 9, 24,000, up 18%) and Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” (No. 10, 22,000, down 35%). A “what year is it?” list of performers with new and enhanced catalog releases — the reunited Beach Boys, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith, Paul Simon and the Beatles — are among the contenders for the coming week’s chart.
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