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Justin Bieber rules pop chart

Los Angeles: Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber returned to the top of the US pop chart Wednesday with the second-lowest sales tally for a No. 1 album since tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan started keeping data in May 1991.

Bieber`s ‘My World 2.0’ sold 60,300 copies during the week ended May 16, jumping four places to mark a fourth non-consecutive week at the top. The album originally debuted at No. 1 on March 31. Sales to date stand at 1.04 million.

The record low at No. 1 came in January 2007, when the ‘Dreamgirls’ soundtrack spent its second of two weeks at No. 1 with a shade more than 60,000 sold.

Overall album sales hit a record low in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Sales totalled 5.32 million units, down 12% compared to the previous week, and down 9% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date album sales are off 10 percent.

Last week`s No. 1 album, Godsmack`s ‘The Oracle,’ slid to No. 9 with just under 43,000, taking its two-week total to 117,500.

The top 10 contained four new releases.

New York rock band the National arrived at No. 3 with its fifth full-length album ‘High Violet,’ selling 51,000 -- its best week ever. Its last set, "Boxer," debuted and peaked at No. 68 in 2007.

The Dead Weather debuted at No. 5 with ‘Sea of Cowards,’ selling 45,000. It`s the second album in less than a year for the Jack White side project, whose "Horehound" debuted at No. 6 last July with 51,000 copies.

Eighteen-year-old singer Charice came in at No. 8 with her self-titled debut, selling 43,000 copies. Rock band As I Lay Dying`s ‘Powerless Rise’ bowed at No. 10 with 38,000. Its last set, ‘An Ocean Between Us,’ debuted and peaked at No. 8 with 39,000 in 2007.

Elsewhere, Lady Antebellum`s ‘Need You Now’ held at No. 2 with 54,000, and AC/DC`s companion album to ‘Iron Man 2’ climbed four to No. 4 with 48,000.

Carole King and James Taylor`s ‘Live at the Troubadour’ slipped two to No. 6 in its second week with 44,000, and Usher`s ‘Raymond v Raymond’ rose three to No. 7 with 43,200.

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