Linkin Park tops charts with ‘Things’

Edges out Maroon 5 by just over 1,200 units

In a now-rare face-off between two popular rock bands, Linkin Park took top honors over Maroon 5 and captured No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with its new “Living Things.”

Edging out its competitor by just over 1,200 units, Linkin Park’s latest Warner Bros. album led with opening-week sales of 224,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending July 1.

It’s the Southern California band’s fourth chart-topping collection. Sales have suffered a minor comparative drop-off since 2010’s “A Thousand Suns,” which bowed with a 241,000-unit week.

Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” (Octone/A&M) matches the debut position of the L.A. act’s last album, 2010’s “Hands All Over.” The new set’s first-week tally of 222,000 considerably betters the last album’s out-of-the-box total of 142,000 – thanks no doubt to Adam Levine’s exposure on NBC’s sing-off “The Voice.”

Facing a surprisingly large 69% decline, teen-popper Justin Bieber’s “Believe” (Island) dropped two slots in its second week, selling 115,000. Title entered at No. 1 last week with the best debut-week sales of the year to date.

The Maybach Music Group comp “Self Made, V. 2” (Warner Bros.) entered at No. 4 with 98,000 sold. Set features tracks by top rappers Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill.

R&B star R. Kelly’s “Write Me Back” (RCA) moved in at No. 5 with a 68,000-unit entrance. While the set betters Kelly’s No. 6 bow of “Love Letter,” his unit numbers are way off; last collection pulled in 154,000 its first week.

Holdovers took up remainder of the week’s top 10 with eroding sales: Kenny Chesney’s “Welcome to the Fishbowl” (No. 6, 61,000 sold, down 68%), Adele’s “21” (No. 7, 42,000, off 12%), One Direction’s “Up All Night” No. 8, 39,000, off 6%), Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” (No. 9, 36,000, down 26%) and the “Rock of Ages” soundtrack (No. 10, 28,000, down 42%).

New titles by Chris Brown and Flo Rida lead the competition for next week’s chart.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0


    Leave a Reply

    No Comments

    Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

    You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    More Music News from Variety