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Country act Band Perry runs a close second with bow of album 'Pioneer'

Despite another plunge in sales, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” held onto the top of the U.S. album chart for a third week last week.

Sibling threesome the Band Perry’s “Pioneer” (Republic Nashville) just missed becoming the group’s first No. 1 album, pulling down sales of 129,000 in its first week, good for a No. 2 bow, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending April 7 . Trio’s self-titled 2010 debut peaked at No. 4 and has moved nearly 1.5 million to date; last week it climbed 37 slots to No. 103 behind sales of 4,600.

Timberlake’s RCA release drew another 139,000 sales, down 56% on the previous week, but the score was still big enough to nip the challenge from  Band Perry.

“20/20” has now shifted 1.4 million copies in three frames; about two-thirds of that total came in the album’s 968,000-unit debut week.

Tyler, the Creator, ringleader of L.A.’s hell-raising Odd Future rap posse, also pulled down a career best, entering at No. 3 with “Wolf” (Odd Future/Sony), which rang up 89,000 units out of the box. His formal debut “Goblin” notched a No. 4 arrival in 2011, following the digital-only release of 2009’s “Bastard.”

The week’s top-five holdovers included Blake Shelton’s “Based On a True Story” (No. 4, 82,000 sold, down 59%) and Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being II” (No. 5, 68,000, off 69%).

Timberlake wasn’t the only onetime boy band star receiving love last week: Reunited ‘80s act New Kids On the Block signed in at No. 6 with “10” (The Block), which tracked 51,000 in its first week. The fivesome’s last release “NKOTBSB,” a collaboration with tour mates Backstreet Boys, reached No. 7 in 2011.

Another Massachusetts-bred unit, hard rock band Killswitch Engage, climbed aboard at No. 7 with “Disarm the Descent” (Roadrunner), which scanned 48,000. The quintet matched the chart peak of their self-titled 2009 release.

Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (No. 8, 37,000, down 20%), Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (No. 9, 37,000, off 24%) and Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 10, 36,000, down 24%) filled out the top 10.

New titles by country luminary Brad Paisley (currently stirring attention with the track “Accidental Racist”) and rockers Paramore will be in the mix for big debuts next week.

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