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Paramore Tops U.S. Album Chart

Rock unit Paramore’s self-titled release – its first in four years – nipped Brad Paisley’s latest for the top spot on the U.S. album chart.

Paramore” (Fueled by Ramen) secured the pinnacle with a 106,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending April 14. It’s the Haley Williams-fronted act’s first No. 1 collection; its last release “Brand New Eyes” peaked at No. 2 in 2009.

Paisley’s “Wheelhouse” (Sony Nashville) arrived at No. 2 with 100,000 sold. Flap over “Accidental Racist,” a controversial duet with rapper LL Cool J about Confederate flag iconography, was not enough to push the set to No. 1. The album matches Paisley’s personal best to date: Both “This Is Country Music” (2011) and “American Saturday Night” (2009) topped out at No. 2.

After three weeks at No. 1, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA) drifted down to No. 3 with 98,000 shifted (off 30%), while Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story” (Warner Bros.) held steady at No. 4 with 61,000 (down 25%).

Four other acts bowed in the U.S. top 10 this week. County singer Eric Church’s “Caught in the Act: Live” (EMI Nashville) arrived at No. 5 with a 61,000-unit bow. Church’s first live set succeeds his chart-topping studio collection “Chief” (2011).

Rapper Tyga moved in at No. 7 with “Hotel California” (Cash Money/Universal Republic), which churned 54,000 out of the box. The L.A.-bred performer’s last release, 2012’s “Careless World: Rise of the Last King,” reached No. 4.

Danish metal act Volbeat’s fifth studio album “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” (Universal Republic) vaulted in at No. 9 with a 39,000-unit stanza. It is by far the quartet’s biggest Stateside release: 2010’s “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” peaked at No. 161.

Iowa alt-metal foursome Stone Sour launched at No. 10 with “House of Gold & Bones Part 2” (Roadrunner), which tracked 35,000 in its first week. “Part 1” reached No. 7 last October.

The week’s other top 10 holdovers included the Band Perry’s “Pioneer” (No. 6, 56,000 sold, off 56%) and Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being 2” (No. 8, 52,000, down 38%).

Coming week’s top chart candidates include new titles from Fall Out Boy, Kid Cudi and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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