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Disturbed’s ‘Asylum’ locks up top spot

Warner Music Group nabs three spots on top 10

Heavy metal Chicago band Disturbed sustained its chart-topping track record with the No. 1 debut of its disc “Asylum” on the U.S. album roll last week.

Warner Music Group celebrated a strong frame, with three albums reaching the top 10 out of the box.

Windy City group’s Reprise collection weighed in with first-week sales of 180,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Sunday, Sept. 5. It was Disturbed’s fourth consecutive set to reach the chart apex, succeeding “Indestructible” (2008), “Ten Thousand Fists” (2005) and “Believe” (2002); Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band are the only other acts ever to launch four in a row at the top.

Capitol-distributed 35th edition of the hits compilation “Now That’s What I Call Music” entered at No. 2, shifting 105,000. Set contained ubiquitous summer 2010 radio singles by Katy Perry, Mike Posner, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas, among others.

Eminem’s “Recovery” (Interscope) hung tough at No. 3, with sales of 93,000 still hovering near the 100,000-unit-per-week threshold. Singles-heavy package has sold more than 2.4 million.

Pop queen Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (Capitol), the previous week’s No. 1 entry, cooled off by 54% and slipped to No. 4 with an 88,000-unit week. Last frame’s No. 2 debut, “American Idol” grad Fantasia’s “Back to Me” (J Records), dropped three posts to No. 5 (off 66%), tracking 40,000 units.

R&B singer Lyfe Jennings’ “I Still Believe” (Jesus Swings/Asylum/Warner Bros.) arrived at No. 6 with a 36,000-unit bow. Jennings has announced that the album will be his last; he begins a farewell tour Saturday in New Orleans.

Poppy, punkish Buffalo, N.Y.-bred trio the Goo Goo Dolls rolled in at No. 7 with their latest Warner Bros. set “Something for the Rest of Us.” Act’s first album in four years moves in with 34,000 sold.

Teenthrob Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (Island) dipped one notch to No. 8 despite an 11% gain. After nearly six months in the top 10, vocalist’s sophomore collection just passed the 1.7 million mark. He is garnering tween shrieks on a U.S. tour.

Disney/Buena Vista’s “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” soundtrack witnessed a 58% lift and rose 13 positions to No. 9 as film makes its cable debut. Jonas Brothers-Demi Lovato vehicle moved 28,000.

Veteran Seattle rock act Heart climbed aboard at No. 10 with “Red Velvet Car” (Sony Legacy) with initial sales of 27,000. Siblings Ann and Nancy Wilson’s 13th studio album is their first studio release in six years, first major-label set in 13 years and first top-10 debut in two decades.

Beyond the top 10, “Feeding the Wolves” (Universal Republic) by Knoxville rock band 10 Years made the boldest mark, debuting at No. 17 with a 19,000-unit opener. Group’s last release, sophomore major-label collection “Division,” peaked at No. 12.

Texas country artist Ryan Bingham, who scored an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his “Crazy Heart” song “The Weary Kind,” made his biggest chart debut yet with “Junky Star” (Lost Highway). Set, produced by Bingham’s “Heart” co-writer T Bone Burnett, entered at No. 19 with 17,000 sold. His last album “Roadhouse Sun” peaked at No. 65.

Well-traveled nu-metal outfit Papa Roach debuted at No. 23 with “Time for Annihilation: On the Record and on the Road” (Eleven Seven), tallying first-week sales of 16,000. Live/studio set, its first following band’s departure from Universal’s Geffen Records, was well off the No. 8 peak of last year’s “Metamorphosis.”

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