The Black Keys Keep Michael Jackson from Topping U.S. Album Chart

The Black Keys Keep Michael Jackson
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Akron-based rock twosome The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” edged out a new collection of previously unreleased material by the late Michael Jackson to become the pair’s first No. 1 album.

“Turn Blue” (Nonesuch) racked up first-week sales of 164,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 18. The bluesy duo of guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney previously topped out at No. 2 on the album chart with 2011’s “El Camino.” Like that album and 2008’s “Attack and Release,” the current set was co-produced by Danger Mouse.

Jackson’s second posthumous studio collection “Xscape” (Epic) arrived at No. 2 with 157,000 sold. The King of Pop has remained a presence on the charts since his sudden death five years ago. “This Is It,” the soundtrack companion to the eponymous documentary, rose to No. 1 in 2009, while “Michael,” the first compilation of unreleased studio material, peaked at No. 3 in 2010.

In the week’s other top 10 debuts, country vocal unit Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind” (Big Machine) debuted at No. 5, tallying 61,000. The trio’s last release, “Changed,” peaked at No. 3 in 2012.

Veteran country and pop star Dolly Parton’s “Blue Smoke” (Dolly/Sony Masterworks) settled in at No. 6, shifting 37,000. It is the singer’s highest-charting effort since the beginning of her solo career in 1967; her previous personal best came in 1981 with “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs,” which rose to No. 11 behind the eponymous hit movie.

A very different type of female vocalist, Tori Amos, reappears at No. 7 with “Unrepentant Geraldines” (Decca), which moved 20,000 in its first week. The titian-haired singer-songwriter last visited the top 10 in 2007, when “American Doll Posse” took the same slot.

Finally, Christian vocalist Michael W. Smith captured No. 10 with “Sovereign” (Sparrow), which tracked 16,000 units. Smith has never collected a top-10 release previously; his previous peak came in 2004, when “Healing Rain” reached No. 11.

The week’s holdovers included the “Now 50” compilation (No. 3, 82,000 sold, off 47%), the “Frozen” soundtrack (No. 4, 73,000, down 26%), Sarah McLachlan’s “Shine On” (No. 8, 18,000, down 58%) and Hunter Hayes’ “Storyline” (No. 9, 16,000, down 76%).

New albums by U.K. rock band Coldplay and country singer Brantley Gilbert are top candidates for next week’s top 10.