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Justin Bieber reigns atop album chart

'Believe Acoustic' reps teen popster's fifth No. 1

Teen pop star Justin Bieber scored his fifth No. 1 album last week, as “Believe Acoustic” led four new titles into the top five of the U.S. chart.

The Canadian vocalist’s Island release debuted at the pinnacle with a 211,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Feb. 3. Collection contains acoustic renditions of eight songs from Bieber’s “Believe,” which entered at No. 1 in June. Set duplicates a marketing ploy used on the singer’s debut album: “My Worlds Acoustic” hit No. 7 in 2010 on the heels of the singer’s No. 1 full-length bow “My World 2.0.”

Signing in at No. 2 was Andrea Boccelli’s “Passione” (Verve), which recorded debut sales of 94,000. Aiming at the Valentine’s Day audience, the Italian tenor’s new collection contains such romantic faves as “Love Me Tender,” “When I Fall in Love” and “La Vie En Rose.” Boccelli’s last pop set, 2009’s “My Christmas” was a Yuletide smash.

Another, very different Canadian act, indie rockers Tegan & Sara, makes its highest appearance ever, as “Heartthrob” (Warner Bros.) boarded the chart at No. 3 behind a 49,000-unit week. The eponymous twin Quin sisters previously reached No. 10 with their previous two releases, “Sainthood” (2009) and “The Con” (2007).

R&B vet Charlie Wilson’s “Love, Charlie” (RCA) rounded out the week’s new arrivals, logging in at No. 4 with 44,000 shifted. The former lead singer for top funk act the Gap Band fell just shy of his previous personal best, reached when “Uncle Charlie” hit No. 2 in 2009.

Remainder of the stanza’s list consisted of holdovers: the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack (No. 5, 37,000 sold, down 16%), Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 6, 37,000, up 2%), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (No. 7, 36,000, off 6%), Gary Allan’s “Set You Free” (No. 8, 34,000, down 68%), “The Lumineers” (No. 9, 33,000, down 34%) and Taylor Swift’s “Red” (No. 10, 29,000, off 15%).

Principal candidates for major chart action next week are new releases by pop vocalist Josh Groban and country star Tim McGraw.

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