Kanye West's Good Music and the Killers also chart with strong bows
After a decade of top 10 successes, singer Pink has notched her first No. 1 album, leading strong titles by Kanye West’s Good Music posse and the Killers onto the U.S. chart.The fall release schedule began kicking into high gear, as three albums tracked more than 100,000 units and six new titles reached the top 10. Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (RCA) hit the summit with a 280,000-copy debut frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan sales data for the week ended Sept. 23. Feat, stoked by a $5 sale at Amazon, succeeds her chart-topping single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” The vocalist attained her previous personal best with her last album, 2008’s “Funhouse,” which reached No. 2. Since her debut in 2000, she has placed five of her six full-length releases in the top 10. “Cruel Summer,” an all-star rap compilation presented by West, moved in at No. 2 with 205,000 sold. The package includes collective tracks by West, his Throne colleague Jay-Z, recent chart-topper 2 Chainz, R. Kelly and other major stars. Las Vegas rock unit the Killers made their first chart appearance in four years with “Battle Born” (Island), which arrived at No. 3 with 113,000 shifted. Chart slot betters the No. 6 peak of the band’s last album “Day and Age” but is short of the No. 2 debut of 2006’s “Sam’s Town.” Filling out the top five were the Dave Matthews Band’s “Away From the World” (RCA), which lost 77% and sank from No. 1 to No. 4 with 62,000 sold, and Little Big Town’s “Tornado” (Capitol Nashville), which faded 55% and fell from No. 2 to No. 6 with a 50,000-unit week. Canadian thrush Carly Rae Jepsen entered at No. 6 with “Kiss” (Interscope), which moved 46,000. The former “Canadian Idol” performer was the author of the summertime top-40 ubiquity “Call Me Maybe” and the Owl City duet “Good Time.” Brooklyn indie rock band Grizzly Bear made its highest top-10 appearance with “Shields” (Warp), which entered at No. 7 with 39,000 sold. The group’s previous set, “Veckatimest,” climbed to No. 8 in 2009. Bob Dylan’s “Tempest” (No. 8, 35,000 sold, down 38%) and the Avett Brothers’ “The Carpenter” (No. 9, 30,000, down 69%) both slipped in the top 10. After an absence of more than a decade, the Ben Folds Five made a reappearance with “The Sound of the Life of the Mind” (ImaVeePee), which leaped in at No. 10 with 30,000 sold. The archly named trio’s last release was 1999’s “The Unauthorized Life of Reinhold Messer.” Next week’s top chart prospects include Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” the sequel to their breakout “Sigh No More”; “Uno!,” first installment in Green Day’s album trilogy; and “Push and Shove,” the first album in 11 years by Anaheim’s No Doubt.
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