The rapper’s Interscope album reclaimed the top rung with a 120,000-copy stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Nov. 24. Gaga’s “Artpop,” another Interscope title, toppled to No. 8 with just 46,000 copies sold; its 82% decline was the biggest for a No. 1 debut this year.
None of the week’s five debutante releases in the top 10 could manage a six-digit bow. Five Finger Death Punch’s “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2” (Prospect Park) shifted 77,000, good for No. 2. The metal act matched the peak of the first “Wrong Side” volume, which was released in July.
The soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Universal Republic), the hit second installment in the dystopian movie cycle, entered at No. 5, moving 55,000. The eclectic collection includes tracks by the Weeknd, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Christina Aguilera and the Lumineers.
Daughtry’s “Baptized” (RCA) arrived at No. 6, tracking 55,000 (and less than 100 copies behind the “Hunger Games” soundtrack; SoundScan figures are rounded). The band fronted by former “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry bettered the chart performance of its last release, 2011’s “Break the Spell,” which peaked at No. 8, but fell well shy of that set’s 129,000-unit first-week sales.
Rapper Yo Gotti collected his first top-10 slot with his second full-length album “I Am” (Epic), which marched in at No. 7 with 47,000. The Memphis performer’s previous personal best, last year’s “Live From the Kitchen,” topped out at No. 12.
Finally, the 25th “Cities 97 Sampler,” a benefit package produced by Minneapolis radio station KTCZ, took the No. 10 position, selling out all 40,000 units pressed. The two-CD collection, which raised $1.2 million for local community service organizations, featured tracks by ZZ Ward, the Airborne Toxic Event, Amos Lee, Lissie, Matchbox 20 and Fitz & the Tantrums.
The week’s other holdovers included the “Now 48” compilations (No. 3, 63,000 sold, off 45%), the Robertsons’ “Duck the Halls” (No. 4, 60,000, down 9%) and Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped in Red” (No. 9, 44,000, up 6%).
One Direction’s “Midnight Memories,” the U.K. vocal quintet’s third album, is expected to storm No. 1 next week with sales of more than 500,000.