Georgia act gets Amazon bump; Frank Ocean splashes in second
In a week when Internet sales commanded the traffic, the Zac Brown Band took its second consecutive No. 1 album, as “Uncaged” swept onto the U.S. chart at the top.The Georgia act’s third Atlantic studio album moved 234,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended July 15. Group’s last collection, 2010′s “You Get What You Give,” also hit the apex but with a far smaller 153,000-copy tally. Performance of the new album was no doubt stoked by the latest low-priced Amazon MP3 store promotion, which stickered the release at $3.99 in its debut stanza. Just last week, four titles were thrust back into the top 10 by a 99¢ Amazon offer (Daily Variety, July 12). The Web also played the key role in the potent No. 2 debut of Odd Future posse member and Kanye West collaborator Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” (Def Jam), which broke through at No. 2 with 131,000 sold. The album — successor to the hip-hop/R&B singer’s buzzy 2011 mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra” — was launched as an iTunes exclusive last week, trumping a July 17 CD release. (Mass merchant Target has yanked the album from shelves in protest of the Web head start.) Set was also lofted by Ocean’s widely discussed blog revelation that some of the record’s songs were inspired by a male lover. Remainder of the week’s top 10 was static, with most continuing titles showing big percentage plunges. The rest of the top five were Justin Bieber’s “Believe” (No. 3, 45,000 sold, off 35%), Chris Brown’s “Fortune” (No. 4, 45,000, down 67%) and Maroon 5′s “Overexposed” (No. 5, 44,000, off 34%). The Bieber and Brown titles were separated by less than 50 copies. Filling out the top 10 were Linkin Park’s “Living Things” (No. 6, 37,000, down 42%), One Direction’s “Up All Night” (No. 7, 36,000, up 1%), Adele’s “21″ (No. 8, 35,000, down 14%), Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (No. 9, 34,000, off 58%) and Kenny Chesney’s “Welcome to the Fishbowl” (No. 10, 32,000, down 26%). Rapper Nas’ “Life Is Good” and a 22nd entry by the perennially popular Kidz Bop franchise should enliven the top of the chart next week.