In a duel not nearly as close as advertised, the Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give” topped Maroon 5’s “Hands All Over” to take the No. 1 spot on the U.S. album chart, leading six new releases into the top 10.
The Atlanta-based Brown Band, this year’s best new artist Grammy winner, sold 153,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Sunday.
Maroon 5’s first release in three years arrived with a 142,000-unit debut for the A&M/Octone disc. Observers had painted competition between the two acts as a tight-horse race, but Brown’s Atlantic set topped the L.A. group’s album by nearly 12,000.
Mild first-week performances by the Brown and Maroon 5 albums continued a season of diminished expectations for major releases; much-touted collections by Katy Perry and Linkin Park saw similarly disappointing initial sales.
Among other new arrivals, Selena Gomez & the Scene’s “A Year Without Rain” bowed at No. 4. The Disney Channel star’s Hollywood Records collection scanned 66,000.
Santana’s “Guitar Heaven: Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time” (Arista) arrived at No. 5, just 300 units behind Gomez’s tally. Ax man Carlos Santana essayed a classic-rock repertoire on the set with guests including Joe Cocker, Chris Cornell, Nas and regular duet partner Rob Thomas.
Potent R&B combo of John Legend & the Roots marched in at No. 8 with “Wake Up!” (Columbia). Collaborative effort tracked 63,000.
Georgia-bred singer Billy Currington’s “Enjoy Yourself” (Mercury Nashville) debuted at No. 9. Consistent country chart-topper logged on with first-week sales of 45,000.
Among the holdovers, Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns” (Warner Bros.) dropped two posts to No. 3, moving 70,000 in a 71% decline.
Though Eminem’s “Recovery” (Interscope) fell three positions to No. 6 behind a 66,000-unit week, the rapper has cause for celebration: With a 2.65 million total, his album topped Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (2.64 million) as the bestselling release this year.
Trey Songz’s “Passion, Pain and Pleasure” (No. 7, 66,000 sold, down 73%) and Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (No. 10, 33,000, off 9%) rounded out the top 10.
In line for major chart arrivals are titles by Kenny Chesney, Neil Young, Gucci Mane, Phil Collins and Eric Clapton. Wild card is Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being,” released digitally on Monday, three weeks before its physical bow.