US charts: Maynard makes Billboard 200 debut

Paul Williams
US charts: Maynard makes Billboard 200 debut

Conor Maynard has made his US chart debut with first album Contrast going straight into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200.

The British star starts at No 34 on the back of a string of publicity in the States, including TV performances on Late Night with David Letterman and Good Morning America. He also played a series of shows in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Minneaopolis and Tampa.

Maynard opens his US chart account as Calvin Harris scores his third Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as the main artist. Following Feels So Close, which reached No 12 last year, and the No 17 peaking Let's Go with Ne-Yo, Sweet Nothing featuring Florence Welch climbs this week 24-20. Harris, of course, also topped the Hot 100 as writer, producer and featured artist on the Rihanna smash We Found Love.

While Maynard and Harris are on a high UK acts in general have their poorest week for sometime on the main Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts with no presence in the Hot 100's Top 10 and now just one entry in the Billboard 200's same positions. That comes courtesy of One Direction whose Take Me Home drops 5-10 as Mumford & Sons' Babel leaves the Top 10 with a sharp 2-11 drop.

The top of the Billboard 200 chart belongs to a Christian album with singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin's Burning Lights giving him a first-ever No 1. The release sold 73,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with around 40% of its numbers achived in non-traditional music retail outlets. These included sales happening at the annual Passion Christian Conference, which took place this month in Atlanta.

Two US rock bands hit new chart peaks this week: Hollywood Undead arrive at No 2 with Notes From The Undergroundafter selling 53,000 copies and Black Veil Brides' Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones enters at 7 after shifting 42,000 units last week. A third rock act also enter the Top 10 - Dropkick Murphys whose Signed And Sealed In Blood enters at 9 on the back of 33,000 copies sold. However, they have previously charted higher with 2011's Going Out In Style reaching No 6.

After just a week at the top the Les Miserables film soundtrack falls to 3 as its sales drop 44% to 52,000. Also on the way down, Taylor Swift's Red moves 3-4 with sales down 29% to 44,000 as the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect progresses 7-5 despite its sales slipping 13% to 45,000.

Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox continues at 6 with its weekly sales dow 23% to 42,000 as The Lumineers' self-titled debut holds at 8, although sales drop 28% to 37,000. Mars also remains at No 1 on the Hot 100, clocking up  a sixth week in charge with Locked Out Of Heaven. It also remains the US's top radio song, although is being outsold on downloads by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz's Thrift Shop, which climbs 5-2 on the Hot 100, a countdown compiled from a mixture of sales, airplay and streaming.

The Lumineers' Ho Hey is up a place to 3 on the Hot 100, while Taylor Swift's Red drops 3-4 and Rihanna's Diamonds is down 2-5. Meanwhile, Swedish House Mafia score their first ever Hot 100 Top 10 hit with former UK chart-topper Don't You Worry Child up 11-7.

Among the UK and UK-signed acts on the chart The Script reach another new peak with their will.i.am. pairing Hall Of Fame, which climbs 32-26 in its 16th week on the survey. Ed Sheeran, though, cannot reverse his decline from a week ago as The A Team falls another place to 19.

US album sales were down 18.7% on the week last week to 5.09 million units, while they were just 0.2% lower than the corresponding week in 2012. Year-to-date sales are now 4.1% ahead of where they stood 12 months ago at 11.35 million units.

One-track digital sales fell 16.7% on the week to 28.83 million units, but were 0.9% higher than this time last year. Some 63.36 million tracks have been sold so far this year, 3.3% more than the year before.





Tags: one direction, rihanna, ed sheeran, taylor swift, Conor Maynard, Bruno Mars, The Lumineers, les miserables, Black Veil Brides, Chris Tomlin, Hollywood Undead, Dropkick Murphys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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