US charts: xx debut in US Top 10

Paul Williams
US charts: xx debut in US Top 10

The xx have restored a UK presence to the Billboard 200's Top 10 as Olly Murs makes his Hot 100 chart debut.

In a week in which the countdown is hit by both a Tornado and a Tempest, The xx's second album Coexist starts at No 5 on the back of 73,000 sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is easily the group's highest peak on the chart with their self-titled debut set having reached 92 in 2010. Clearly buouyed by the release of the new album, it spends its 42nd week on the survey this week, climbing 149-107.

The group's debut at 5 means the UK has an act once again in the Top 10 having built up a consecutive run of 82 weeks, largely on the back of Adele's 21. That ended a week ago when the Adele album dropped out of the Top 10 and this week it moves back up 13-12.

The xx are part of an entire top six made up of brand new albums, something that has only ever happened once before in the history of the chart. Topping it is Dave Matthews Band's Away, which is the group's sixth No 1 having sold 266,000 copies last week. Country act Little Big Town's Tornado debuts at 2 with 113,000 sales to provide them with a new chart peak and best weekly tally, while Bob Dylan provides his own dramatic weather with Tempest starting at 3 with 110,000 sales. His last regular studuio album Together Through Life debuted at 1 in 2009 after shifting 125,000 copies.

The other two top six debuts are The Avett Brothers who start at 4 with The Carpenter, which shifted 98,000 copies last week, and rock veterans ZZ Top whose Rick Rubin-produced La Futura enters at 6 after selling 31,000 units. It is their highest-charting album since Recycler peaked in the same position in 1990, while the only time they have gone better is with the No 4 peaking Afterburner in 1985.

Naturally as a result of all these high new entries, last week's big hitters all suffer sizable falls. Imagine Dragons' Night Visions slips 2-7 as sales decline 65% to 29,000, while Matchbox Twenty's North is now down to 8 having become their first ever Billboard 200 No 1 last week. Its sales are down 71% to 28,000. Now 42 drops 4-9 with sales declining 31% to 24,000 and Amanda Palmer is new at 10 with Theatre Is Evil, which sold 24,000 copies, some 93% via downloads or online retailers. Palmer has been subject to a campaign by Kickstarter to fund the making of her album.

Having lost its Top 10 status a couple of weeks ago, One Direction's Up All Night further slips 12-15, while Pet Shop Boys score their 15th Billboard 200 entry with Elysium entering at 44. Their last studio album, 2009's Yes, debuted and peaked at 32.

Ed Sheeran's rollercoaster + falls 45-58, but his single The A Team has by far its best week yet on the Hot 100, lifting 69-61. Alex Clare's Too Close also reaches a new peak on the same chart, climbing 10-8 to sit just behind Ellie Goulding's Lights, which drops 5-7. Muse's Madness itself rises to a new peak, up 91-82, while Olly Murs opens his Hot 100 account with Heart Skips A Beat debuting at 96. While his UK chart-topping version featured Rizzle Kicks, in the US he is joined by Chiddy Bang.

A week after debuting at 17, Two Door Cinema Club's Beacon is now down to 68 on the Billboard 200, while Paul McCartney's Kisses On The Bottom moves back up 121-105 and Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events re-enters at 142. Now 10 weeks on the countdown, it peaked at 28.

Maroon 5 score a third No 1 on the composite Hot 100 with One More Night climbing 2-1 to swap places with Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Geting Back Together, which remains the top download seller with another 226,000 downloads sold last week. Fun's Some Nights is up 4-3 and Flo Rida's Whistle is down 3-4 as Pink's Blow Me (One Last Kiss) rises 6-5.

Helped by all the new entries at the top end of the market, US album sales last week were up 7.4% on the week to 5.11 million units, although down 8.4% on the equivalent week in 2011. Some 207.29 million albums have been sold in the year so far, 4.8% lower than at this stage a year ago.

The 2012 singles market is rapidly heading towards the billion mark and currently stands at 962.43 million units. This is 5.7% higher compared to over the same period in 2011. Weekly sales last week were 22.88 million units, 1.6% down on the previous week and 8.6% higher than 12 months ago.


Tags: one direction, muse, bob dylan, ed sheeran, taylor swift, The xx, Adele, Olly Murs, Pet Shop Boys, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Avett Brothers, Little Big Town, fun

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