New albums from Josh Groban and country star Tim McGraw hold down the top 2 spots of the Billboard 200 this week, but a new album from Joe Budden earns a place among the top releases.
Justin Bieber’s Believe: Acoustic landed at #6 this week, while Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox saw a surge in sales, thanks to his Grammy Awards performance (he performed the album’s lead single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” with Sting, on the show), helping him earn the #8 spot with just under 41,000 this week.
Later down the line, Joe Budden scored his highest-charting debut to date, as No Love Lost opens at #15 with 30,000 sold in its first week. The LP features the likes of French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Lloyd Banks, Fabolous and Lil Wayne on his new single, “She Don’t Put It Down” also featuring Tank.
Rihanna’s Unapologetic landed at #17 this week, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist closes out the top 20 at #19 with 23,000 sold and 336,000 sold to date.
Outside the top tier, Strange Music’s vet spitter, Brotha Lynch Hung, debuts at #67 with his third album for the label, Mannibalector. The set opens with 7,900 copies sold. It includes a handful of guests including Yelawolf, Tech N9ne and Hopsin.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Feb. 10) totaled 5.81 million units, up 11% compared with the sum last week (5.25 million) and down 15% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (6.83 million). Year to date album sales stand at 32.30 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last year (33.99 million).