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Katy Perry Debuts at No. 1 on the Album Chart

Katy Perry claimed the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart this week with the biggest tally for a female artist to date this year.

Pumped by the No. 1 single “Roar,” the California pop singer’s Capitol set “Prism” debuted at the top with out-of-the-box sales of 286,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 27. That number trumps the first-week sales of Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz,” which entered at No. 1 with a 271,000-unit frame two weeks ago. It’s Perry’s first release since her hit-filled 2010 collection “Teenage Dream,” which has shifted 2.8 million domestically to date.

Perry’s album was the unquestionable highlight of an otherwise lackluster sales week that witnessed slim top-10 debuts by three other titles. “X Factor” grads Fifth Harmony moved on board at No. 6 with the “Better Together” EP (Epic), which sold 28,000. A la Brit boy band One Direction, the femme quintet was assembled from a group of solo aspirants at the behest of show creator and judge Simon Cowell.

Rapper DJ Khaled moved in at No. 7 with “Suffering From Success” (Republic), with debut sales of 27,000. It’s the New Orleans performer’s fifth top-10 set, but his lowest-charting release since “We Global” in 2008.

California rock act AFI’s “Burials” (Republic) signed in at No. 9, moving 25,000. While that bow bested the peak position band’s last release, 2009’s “Crash Love,” which topped out at No. 12 (albeit with superior first-week sales of 52,000), it was a far cry from its career peak, the 2006 set “Decemberunderground,” which debuted at No. 1 with a 182,000-unit frame.

The week’s holdovers included Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” (down to No. 2 after last week’s chart-topping debut with 46,000 sold, off 72%), Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” (No. 3, 44,000, down 24%), Cyrus’ “Bangerz” (No. 4, 43,000, off 40%), Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (No. 5, 40,000, down 16%), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)” (No. 8, 26,000, down 28%) and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (No. 10, 25,000, down 3%). Indicative of slumbering sales, Drake, Lorde, Timberlake and Bryan all recorded improvement in position despite a decline in sales.

Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” the Canadian band’s first album since its Grammy-winning 2010 opus “The Suburbs,” is a sure thing for a large debut next week.

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