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Florida Georgia Line Continues Country’s Dominance on U.S. Album Chart

As expected, country duo Florida Georgia Line topped the U.S. album chart last week, scoring their first No. 1 album and becoming the third consecutive country act to rule the list.

“Anything Goes” (Republic Nashville) led all titles with a 197,000-copy first-week tally, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 19. It’s the sophomore full-length release by Florida native Brian Kelley and Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard; their 2012 debut set “Here’s to the Good Times,” which contained the smash “Cruise,” peaked at No. 4.

“Anything Goes” succeeded Jason Aldean’s “Old Boots, New Dirt” (No. 2 in its second frame this week with 91,000 sold amid a 67% decline) and Blake Shelton’s “Bringing Back the Sunshine” (No. 15 on the current chart with 18,000 sold) at the pinnacle.

With recent entries continuing to show little sales traction, six other albums debuted in the top 10. Bob Seger’s “Ride Out” (Capitol), the veteran Detroit rocker’s first album in eight years, bowed at No. 3 with 59,000 sold. That’s one notch better than his previous collection “Face the Promise,” which peaked at No. 4 in 2006.

You+Me – a new collaborative effort by American pop luminary Pink and Dallas Green, aka the Canadian act City and Colour – claimed the No. 4 slot with “Rose Ave.” (RCA), which shifted 50,000. The pair have worked together in concert at each other’s shows, but the album marks their first collaborative effort.

The Game collected his sixth top-10 album with “Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf” (eOne), which arrived at No. 7 with a 33,000-unit score. The rapper’s last set, “Jesus Piece” – released by major label DGC – peaked at No. 6 in 2012.

Hoodie Allen placed his self-released debut album “People Keep Talking” at No. 8, moving 30,000. The New York-bred rapper born Steven Markowitz previously reached the top 10 in 2012 with the EP “All American.”

To no one’s surprise, the superstar Irish rock act U2 notched its lowest chart entry in 30 years with “Songs of Innocence” (Island), which debuted at No. 9 with sales of 28,000. The title was exclusively released as a free download to iTunes users on Sept. 9 in a splashy Apple promotion; the CD reached stores last week. The quartet’s fourth studio set “The Unforgettable Fire” peaked at No. 13 in 1984; since then, all of its albums save 2000’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” and the current release have reached No. 1.

British pop singer-songwriter Jessie J captured her first U.S. top 10 release with “Sweet Talker” (Republic), which took No. 10, shifting 25,000. She is riding her first American top-five single, “Bang Bang,” a collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

Holding over were Barbra Streisand’s sturdy  “Partners” (No. 5, 40,000 sold, off 18%) and Sam Smith’s renascent “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 6, 37,000, up 53%).

Releases by Neil Diamond, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin and Slipknot will contend for chart positions next week, while Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated “1989” arrives in stores next Monday.

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