Group's 'Uncaged' notches No. 1 with a mere 48,000 units sold

With few new inspiring releases hitting the racks amid the dog days of summer, the Zac Brown Band’s “Uncaged” returned to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week.

The Atlanta group’s Atlantic release, which entered at No. 1 two weeks ago, re-took the top spot with a 48,000-unit stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending July 29.

Album’s total is by far the lowest of the year to date for a chart-topping set; previous nadir was set in June, when Adele’s long-running “21” shifted 75,000.

That score was decent enough to elevate “Uncaged” over rapper Nas’ “Life is Good” (Def Jam), which debuted at No. 1 last week. Losing 70%, that titled dropped to No. 2 with 45,000 sold.

Two new albums reached the top five with unimpressive performances.

The Gaslight Anthem’s “Handwritten” (Mercury) bowed with a first-week tally of 40,000. It’s the rootsy New Jersey rock band’s highest chart posting to date: Group’s last album “American Slang” arrived at its peak of No. 16 in 2010 with 26,000 shifted.

Massachusetts electropoppers Passion Pit moved in at No. 4 with “Gossamer” (Columbia), which moved 37,000. This bow also represents a career best for the act: Its previous album, 2009’s “Manners,” peaked at No. 51.

Albums in the remainder of the top 10 all registered declines: Kidz Bop Kids’ “Kidz Bop 22″ (No. 5, 35,000 sold, down 45%), Justin Bieber’s “Believe” (No. 6, 35,000, off 22%), One Direction’s “Up All Night” (No. 7, 33,000, down 8%), Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” (No. 8, 33,000, off 40%), Adele’s “21” (No. 9, 30,000, down 9%) and Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” (No. 10, 23,000, off 20%).

Chart should witness a much-needed lift next week with debuts of new sets by Rick Ross and Celtic Thunder.

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