Avenged Sevenfold top Eminem on charts

Metal band's 'Nightmare' sells 163,000 copies

Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare” nosed Eminem’s “Recovery” out of the No. 1 slot on the national album chart this week, as the Southern California metal band bowed at the top of an otherwise static top 10.

Huntington Beach group’s fifth studio album arrives with 163,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday. It is the band’s first No. 1 set and its first release since the overdose death of drummer James “the Rev” Sullivan in December.

“Nightmare” trumps “Recovery,” the country’s No. 1 album for five weeks, by just 4,000 units; rap titan Eminem’s hot-selling collection reaped 159,000 units (down 15%) for the week.

The Avenged Sevenfold set is the only new album to reach the top 10 this week, with all but one title reflecting a percentage decline.

The top five is wrapped by Rick Ross’ “Teflon Don” (No. 3, 63,000 units, off 64%), Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (No. 4, 38,000, down 3%) and Drake’s “Thank Me Later” (No. 5, 34,000, off 28%).

Completing the top 10 are Kidz Bop Kidz’s “Kidz Bop 18” (No. 6, 29,000, down 32%), Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (No. 7, 27,000, up 11% for the top 10’s only gain), Sheryl Crow’s “100 Miles From Memphis” (No. 8, 24,000, down 57%), Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (No. 9, 24,000, off 3%) and the “Now 34” hits compilation (No. 10, 22,000, down 18%).

Prefaced by today’s much-publicized Webcast directed by Terry Gilliam, orchestral indie rock unit Arcade Fire’s new “The Suburbs” stands the best shot for a big debut on next week’s chart.

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