Gary Allan scores first No. 1 album

The Lumineers' self-titled debut ascends to No. 2 in 43rd week

Country vocalist Gary Allan has scored his first No. 1 album with his ninth studio set, “Set You Free,” as the Lumineers’ long-running collection moved up to No. 2 on the U.S. chart.

Allan’s MCA Nashville release took the peak with sales of 106,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Jan. 27. Previously, the California-bred singer-songwriter had notched two No. 3 albums, “Tough All Over” (2005) and “Living Hard” (2007). It has been a long road to the top for Allan: He began his career with “Used Heart For Sale” in 1996.

“The Lumineers” (Dualtone) rose to its highest position yet in its 43rd chart week, shifting 50,000 and gaining five rungs behind a 31% increase. Title has sold 869,000 to date. The Denver-based group, which received a lift after its recent “Saturday Night Live” appearance, is replicating the slow-rolling success of a similarly folk-based act, England’s Mumford & Sons. A week from Sunday, the Lumineers will compete for best new artist at the 55th Grammy Awards.

Universal’s soundtrack album for the sing-off comedy “Pitch Perfect” held steady at No. 3, tracking just a 1% decline and shifting 44,000.

Out ahead of Feb. 10’s Grammys kudocast from Staples Center, the “2013 Grammy Nominees” package, distributed this year by Capitol, logged on at No. 4 with sales of 41,000. This year’s 22-track collection features selections by such top nominees as Fun., Gotye, Frank Ocean, Alabama Shakes and Jack White.

Remainder of the week’s top 10 consists of holdovers: “Kidz Bop 23” (No. 5, 40,000 sold, off 50%), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (No. 6, 38,000, up 51%), A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP” (No. 7, 38,000, down 73%), Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 8, 36,000, off 7%), Taylor Swift’s “Red” (No. 9, 34,000, down 15%) and the “Les Miserables” soundtrack (No. 10, 27,000, off 29%).

Justin Bieber’s new “Believe Acoustic” is the top candidate for chart supremacy next week.