Michael Buble’s ‘To Be Loved’ Debuts at No. 1

Vocalist Michael Buble claimed the peak of the U.S. album chart this week with his new collection “To Be Loved.”

The Canadian singer’s Warner Bros. set of pop standards ascended to No. 1 behind first-week sales of 195,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending April 28.

Buble’s latest, his fourth release to reach No. 1, is unlikely to challenge the success of his last release, 2011’s Yuletide smash “Christmas,” which has sold in excess of 3 million copies over two holiday seasons.

Former “American Idol” champ Fantasia matched a personal best with the No. 2 bow of her “Side Effects of You” (RCA), which notched sales of 91,000. The singer (born Fantasia Barrino) hit the same slot in 2010 with “Back to Me.”

The week’s top holdover was Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA), which sat tight at No. 3 in its sixth week with 74,000 shifted (off just 3%). Set has sold 1.67 million.

Alternative rock act Phoenix rose again with the No. 4 debut of “Bankrupt!” (Glassnote), which arrived with a 50,000-unit first week. It’s by far the French group’s best Stateside performance: The previous studio set, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” peaked at No. 37 in 2009.

After entering at No. 1 last week, rock band Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll” (Island) toppled to No. 5 behind a 76% decline, selling 36,000. Country star Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story…” (Warner Bros.) occupied No. 6, just a few hundred shy of the same tally, dipping 16%.

Vet horror rocker Rob Zombie’s “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” (Universal Music Enterprises) clambered onto the chart at No. 7, tracking 34,000. Debut was shy of the No. 5 bows shared by Zombie’s earlier releases “Hellbilly Deluxe” (1998) and “Educated Horses” (2006).

Week’s other top-10 debut was “#Willpower” (Interscope) by the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am, which launched at No. 9 with a humble 29,000. “Songs About Girls” topped out at No. 38 in 2007.

Hanging on in the top 10 this week were Kid Cudi’s “Indicud” (No. 8, 32,000, off 77%) and Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (No. 10, 29,000, up 3%).

Country star Kenny Chesney’s “Life on a Rock” is the top candidate for a major debut next week.

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