Pearl Jam Scores Fifth No. 1 Album

Pearl Jam New Album Debuts at

Veteran rockers sell 166,000 copies of 'Lightning Bolt' in first week

Pearl Jam has returned to the apex of the U.S. album chart for the fifth time, as the Seattle grunge group’s “Lightning Bolt” opened at the top this week.

The band’s tenth studio album outsold the competition with a 166,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 20. Set was released on the band’s own Monkeywrench imprint, which also issued its last No. 1 collection, “Backspacer,” in 2009. Band enjoyed a run of chart-topping albums with “Vs.,” “Vitalogy” and “No Code” in 1991-94.

Paul McCartney’s “New” (Hear Music) slid in at No. 3, behind Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” (RCA), which fell to No. 2 with 72,000 sold and a 73% decline. The ex-Beatle’s latest, which shifted 67,000, attained the same chart peak as his last album of original material, “Memory Almost Full” (2007); last year’s recital of pop chestnuts “Kisses On the Bottom” topped out at No. 5.

Americana siblings the Avett Brothers stepped in at No. 5 with “Magpie and the Dandelion” (American) with a 58,000-copy tally. Set falls just shy of the all-time best set by the group’s 2012 release “The Carpenter,” which rose to No. 4.

Former “American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery took No. 6 with “See You Tonight” (Interscope), which climbed on at No. 6 with 52,000. The country singer’s latest succeeds two top-five sets released in 2012: His No. 1 post-“Idol” bow “Clear As Day” and his Yuletide set “Christmas with Scotty McCreery,” which peaked at No. 4.

Country icon Willie Nelson arrived at No. 9 with his collection of duets “To All the Girls” (Legacy), which moved 43,000. The prolific vocalist is paired on the album with such marquee names as Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. It is the singer-songwriter’s first top-10 pop album since 1982, when “Always On My Mind” reached No. 2.

Another Americana-leaning unit, Seattle’s folk-rock sextet the Head and the Heart, opened at No. 10 with its second full-length release “Let’s Be Still” (Sub Pop), which sold 42,000. It represents a quantum leap for the band, which peaked at No. 109 with its self-titled 2011 debut.

Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” (No. 4, 58,000 sold, off 30%) and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (No. 7, 48,000, down 24%) held in the top 10, while Cher’s “Closer to the Truth” bounced back to No. 8 with a 45,000-unit performance (up 50%) following a tour ticket promotion.

All comers will have to step aside next week, as pop thrush Katy Perry’s “Prism,” follow-up to her mega-selling 2010 album “Teenage Dream,” should easily claim No. 1.

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