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Music: TV’s Ariana Grande ‘Truly’ Hits No. 1

TV fueled a big debut on the U.S. album chart last week, as singer-starlet Ariana Grande captured a No. 1 album with her debut offering.

Grande’s “Yours Truly” (Republic) bowed at the top with 138,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sept. 8. Since 2010, the 20-year-old performer has been a fixture on Nickelodeon, where she has toplined the series “Victorious” and “Sam and Cat” and guested on “iCarly.”

Grande staved off a challenge by another multi-hyphenate artist, vocalist and reality show star Tamar Braxton, sister of Toni Braxton. Her “Love & War” (Epic) launched at 114,000, good for No. 2 on the list; her 2000 solo bow “Tamar” fared no better than No. 127 on the chart.

Yet another multi-media player, Nine Inch Nails, arrived at No 3 with “Hesitation Marks” (Columbia) With first-week sales of 107,000, the title notched the group’s highest chart posting since “Year Zero” hit No. 2 in 2007. Band mastermind Trent Reznor collected a 2011 Oscar for his score for David Fincher’s “The Social Network.”

Two other debuts marched onto the chart last week. R&B vocalist John Legend moved in at No. 4 with “Love in the Future” (Columbia); tracking 68,000 units, it became Legend’s fourth consecutive top five solo release.

R&B/hip-hop star Jaheim’s “Appreciation Day” (Atlantic) came aboard at No. 6 with sales of 58,000. New title fell short of the No. 3 entry of his last offering, 2010’s “Another Round.”

The rest of the top 10 comprised holdovers: Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (No. 5, 68,000 sold, down 26%), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (No. 7, 57,000, up 3%), Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail to the King” (No. 8, 42,000, down 74%), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (No. 9, 38,000, up 3%) and Imagine Dragons’ year-old “Night Visions” (No. 10, 35,000, up 44%). The boosts for Thicke, Timberlake and Imagine Dragons were derived from an iTunes promotion.

Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow will be among the acts with new titles challenging the chart next week.

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