Zac Brown Band tops US chart

Los Angeles: Zac Brown Band scored its first No. 1 album on the US pop chart Wednesday, preventing Maroon 5 from achieving its second chart-topper, although sales for both acts fell short of expectations.

‘You Get What You Give,’ the second major-label release from Zac Brown, sold 153,000 copies during the week ended September 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Its previous release, ‘The Foundation,’ peaked at No. 9 in May, and logged its best sales week of 62,000 copies last Christmas.

A month ago, the album was seen as having a shot at selling 250,000 copies, but the disappointing 192,000-unit start for Katy Perry`s much-anticipated ‘Teenage Dream’ has forced the industry to scale back expectations across the board.

Maroon 5`s ‘Hands All Over’ opened at No. 2 with 142,000. The band`s last effort, 2007`s ‘It Won`t Be Soon Before Long,’ debuted at No. 1 with 429,000 in its first week. Pre-Perry, prognosticators had forecast a start in the 210,000 range for the new set.

A pair of albums tumbled in their second round. Last week`s No. 1, Linkin Park`s ‘A Thousand Suns,’ fell to No. 3 after suffering a hefty 71 percent sales drop to 70,000. Last week`s runner-up, Trey Songz`s ‘Passion, Pain & Pleasure,’ dropped to No. 7 with 66,000 (down 73 percent).

Disney starlet Selena Gomez & the Scene`s ‘A Year Without Rain’ opened at No. 4 with 66,200. Her debut set "Kiss and Tell" opened at No. 9 last year with just under 66,000.

Santana`s all-star rock collaborations album, ‘Guitar Heaven,’ flew in at No. 5 with 65,900. The tribute to classic rock anthems boasts turns from a number of guest stars, including Chris Daughtry and Linkin Park`s Chester Bennington.

His last set, the equally superstar-rich ‘All That I Am,’ opened at No. 2 in 2005 with 142,000 copies; before that, 2002`s ‘Shaman’ bowed at No. 1 with 299,000

Eminem`s ‘Recovery’ fell three places to No. 6 with 65,800. After 14 weeks, it has sold 2.65 million copies -- the biggest seller of the year ahead of Lady Antebellum`s "Need You Now" (2.64 million).

The collaboration album from John Legend and the Roots, ‘Wake Up!,’ started at No. 8 with 63,000. Country singer Billy Currington netted his first top 10 with his fourth effort: ‘Enjoy Yourself,’ bowing at No. 9 with 45,000. Justin Bieber`s ‘My World 2.0’ held at No. 10 with 33,000 copies.

Overall album sales totalled 5.0 million units, down 6 percent compared to the sum last week and down 15 percent compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year to date album sales stand at 215.8 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year.

Bureau Report