US charts: Rebecca Ferguson in Billboard chart Heaven

Paul Williams
US charts: Rebecca Ferguson in Billboard chart Heaven

Ferguson, runner-up in 2010 behind Matt Cardle with One Direction placed third, debuts in 23rd place on the countdown with her first album Heaven as the UK boy band achieve the highest Stateside sales of the year so far for a music video.

Heaven's high entry, despite her not yet having scored a hit single there, follows a wave of positive reviews for the album across the Atlantic, including from NBC's The Today Show and New York Daily News, while iTunes' US service made Nothing's Real But Love its single of the week and issued it as a free download.

Not to be outdone, One Direction are back in the chart's top five and also head Billboard's Music Video Sales chart with Up All Night: The Live Tour. The album's sales are up 12% on the week to 41,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to move it 5-4 on the chart, while their video debuts at one on the video countdown with 76,000 sales, the best opening week for a music video this year and the highest since Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall debuted with 96,000 sales last December.

Adele is also on the rise again with 21's sales up 4% on the week to 58,000 copies, enough to keep it at number two for a fourth consecutive week on the Billboard 200. The increase follows NBC in the States screening Adele Live in London last Sunday (June 3), although this happened right at the end of the chart week so the broadcast will likely have more influence on next week's Billboard 200 chart.

Some 7,000 sales ahead of Adele, John Mayer spends a second week at number one with Born and Raised but does so with the lowest sales for a chart-topper since Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday led the list with 45,000 sales in February last year. The low tally for this week's number one contributes to album sales falling 5.1% on the week and being 9.1% lower than the equivalent week last year at 5.02 million. Total 2012 album sales are now 2.8% lower than at this stage in 2011 with 127.70 million units sold.

Just ahead of One Direction, Regina Spektor is new at three with What We Saw From The Cheap Seats on the back of 42,000 sales, while LA band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Here enters at five with 35,000 sales, easily beating the group's previous chart peak of 76 achieved by predecessor Up From Below.

Iceland's Sigur Ros also make the Top 10 for the first time, entering in seventh place with Valtari, which sold 26,000 copies last week. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood falls 2-6 as sales drop 30% to 32,000, while Now 42 climbs 9-8 with sales down 16% to 26,000. Luke Bryan's Tailgates and Tanlines is back in the Top 10 as sales climb 18% to 24,000 to move it 15-9 and Lionel Richie's Tuskegee drops 6-10 with sales down 35% to 22,000.

Gotye featuring Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know makes it eight weeks topping the Hot 100 and remains US radio's most popular track, while its digital sales are up 6% to 247,000. Outselling it is both Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, whose 284,000 download sales last week help to keep it in runner-up position on the Hot 100, and Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa's Payphone, which sold 257,000 downloads and remains the Hot 100's third biggest hit.

One Direction and The Wanted continue inside the Hot 100's Top 10 with What Makes You Beautiful back up 7-6 after selling another 129,000 downloads last week and The Wanted's Glad You Came falling 8-10. Their self-titled album, having reversed a steep decline a week ago, is now back down, dropping 60-83.

One-track sales were down 1.5% on the previous week but up 5.5% on the same week in 2011 to 25.58 million, while year-to-date sales are up 6.5% at 596.86 million.


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