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Maroon 5 Tops U.S. Album Chart with ‘V’

Three fives is a good hand: Rock unit Maroon 5 collected its second No. 1 album last week with its aptly-titled fifth set “V” (Octone/A&M).

The L.A. band, fronted by vocalist (and “The Voice” coach) Adam Levine, pulled off the feat with first-week sales of 164,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sept. 7. The group previously topped the chart with its sophomore release “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” (2007); its last two releases, “Hands All Over” (2010) and “Overexposed” (2012) both peaked at No. 2.

Rapper Jeezy accounted for the week’s other six-figure seller, as “Seen It All: The Autobiography” (Def Jam) placed at No. 2 with a 121,000-unit week. The Atlanta-bred performer – born Jay Wayne Jenkins, and formerly known professionally as Young Jeezy – has a pair of No. 1 albums to his credit: “The Inspiration” (2006) and “The Recession” (2008). His last outing, 2011’s “TM: 203 Hustlerz Ambition,” peaked at No. 3.

Making the most unlikely incursion in the national top 10 last week – and serving as a potent indicator of plummeting record sales – is Bob Marley & the Wailers’ 30-year-old hits collection “Legend.” The Island set, first issued three years after reggae star Marley’s death in 1981, has been a strong catalog seller perennially lodged in the lower reaches of the chart. It was propelled to No. 5 with a 41,000-unit week; a massive 1,166% sales gain was induced by a 99-cent sale at the Google Play store. The title has sold more than 11.6 million copies in the U.S. to date.

The week’s other top 10 entry came from rockers Counting Crows, whose “Somewhere Under Wonderland” (Capitol) moved in at No. 6, tracking 36,000. The band’s last album, the independently released covers collection “Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation),” peaked at No. 11 in 2012.

The stanza’s holdovers included the soundtrack “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” (No. 3, 53,000 sold, up 10%), Ariana Grande’s “My Everything” (No. 4, 42,000, off 75%), the “Frozen” soundtrack (No. 7, 30,000, up 11%), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 8, 30,000, down 4%), the “Now 51” hits compilation (No. 9, 28,000, up 10%) and Wiz Khalifa’s “Blacc Hollywood” (No. 10, 20,000, down 34%).

Rock icon Robert Plant and Christian singer LeCrae will have a shot at the top 10 with new titles next week.

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