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Vampire Weekend Tops the U.S. Album Chart

The new release by world music-skewed alt-rock unit Vampire Weekend topped the U.S. album chart this week, leading a trifecta of new titles into the top 10.

“Modern Vampires of the City” (XL), the third release by the New York quartet, scaled the summit with a first-week tally of 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 19. It is the band’s second No. 1 release: its 2010 set “Contra” debuted at the top with a 124,000-unit score.

Placing behind Vampire Weekend is durable country vet George Strait, whose “Love is Everything” (MCA Nashville) bowed at No. 2 with a 120,000-unit frame. The Texan bettered the No. 3 arrival of his 2011 collection “Here For a Good Time,” but his two previous sets, “Twang” (2009) and “Troubadour” (2008) both reached the top. Strait has logged 15 studio albums in the domestic top 10.

Finally, the Mouse House’s Demi Lovato takes the “show” position with her fourth studio set “Demi” (Hollywood), which notched a No. 3 sign-on with 110,000 units sold. Album’s performance is shy of the No. 1 debut of her 2009 sophomore release “Here We Go Again.”

Hanging on in the top five are the soundtrack for “The Great Gatsby” (Interscope), which dipped two positions to No. 4, tracking 95,000 and losing 30%, and Lady Antebellum’s “Golden” (Capitol Nashville), which slumped to No. 5 after debuting at No. 1 last week, marking a 67% loss with 56,000 sold.

Rest of the top 10 comprised the “Now 46” comp (No. 6, 52,000 sold, off 43%), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (No. 7, 47,000, down 34%), Michael Buble’s “To Be Loved” (No. 8, 40,000, off 53%), Pistol Annies’ “Annie Up” (No. 9, 30,000, down 64%) and Blake Shelton’s “Based On a True Story…” (No. 10, 28,000, down 26%).

Dance/electronic duo Daft Punk’s new “Random Access Memories” should trump all other entries in next week’s chart derby.

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