A trio of new albums debuted high in the top 10 of U.S. album sales for the week ending May 3, according to data from Nielsen Music.
Entering the chart at No. 1, Zac Brown Band’s “Jekyll + Hyde” moved 228,000 units in its first week on the chart. “Jekyll + Hyde” marks Brown’s third straight studio album to hit the top spot, with 2010’s “You Get What You Give” and 2012’s “Uncaged” hitting high marks as well.
ZBB’s chart-topper is trailed by Josh Groban’s latest album, “Stages,” which moved 180,000 units in its debut for a second-place finish. Groban enlists help from the likes of Kelly Clarkson for the release, which is a collection of covers of showtunes, including cuts from “Phantom of the Opera” and “A Chorus Line.”
The third debut of the week was Tyler Farr’s “Suffer in Peace.” The latest from the country singer moved 42,000 units, good for the fourth slot on the chart.
Last week’s No. 1, Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color,” suffered a mighty decline in its second week of contention, slipping to seventh place. The rockers’ latest set moved 34,000 units, down 64% from its premiere week.
A pair of movie soundtracks have become blockbusters in their own right. The accompanying album to “Furious 7” slipped just one spot to No. 3, moving 53,000 units in its seventh week on the chart. Similarly impressive is the soundtrack to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which also dipped just one spot to No. 6. The Ellie Goulding and Beyonce-led collection moved 36,000 units in its 12th week of competition, down just 6% from the previous week.
The remainder of the top 10 belongs to four recent Top 40 stalwarts.
Drake’s “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” remains in the chart’s midrange at No. 5, likely still riding fan excitement incurred by a physical release of the mixtape. Drizzy’s set moved 37,000 units for the week, down 24%.
Sam Smith’s reliably popular “In the Lonely Hour” finished at No. 8, moving 33,000 units of the Capitol release in its 46th week on the chart. Smith was name-checked Wednesday morning in a Twitter spat between producer Naughty Boy, who produced “La La La” with Smith, and members of One Direction.
Taylor Swift’s slow descent down the chart lands her at No. 9, the lowest point hit by wildly popular “1989” yet. The album moved 32,000 units, down 11% in its 27th week on the chart. The singer kicked off a world tour Tuesday night in Tokyo.
The top 10 culminates with Meghan Trainor’s “Title,” holding tight at No. 10 with 31,000 units moved.