Set phasers to happy; robot rock remains at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories, last week’s No. 1 album with 339,000 copies sold in its first week, holds on to the top spot this week with an additional 93,000 records sold, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. The newest sales give the electronic duo sales of 432,000 in two weeks, down 73 percent from last week, according to Billboard.
The duo’s sales remain bolstered by critical acclaim and a crossover single, “Get Lucky,” which features Pharrell Williams and continues to climb the Hot 100, so far peaking at No. 4.
The returning album sales champion beats out its closest rival by more than 30,000 albums. Alice in Chains, the ’90s grunge act that returned in 2005 with a brand new singer following the death of Layne Staley, debuts at No. 2 this week with 61,000 sold of the band’s fifth album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The second album since the band’s reunion, its sales were buoyed by strong-performing rock radio tracks “Hollow” and “Stone,” which have peaked at Nos. 1 and 3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart, respectively.
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival star John Fogerty comes in at No. 3 with Wrote a Song for Everyone, which sold 51,000 copies. It’s not his highest placement on the Billboard 200, with 1985′s Centerfield hitting No. 1, but it’s the highest debut he’s ever attained, according to Billboard.
Boy bands have made a big splash on worldwide charts after a decade-long hiatus with groups like One Direction and The Wanted, and now the girl groups are getting into the mix — that is, in the case of Little Mix. The four-piece, winners of the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2011, debuted at No. 4 with the U.S. release of the group’s debut album, DNA, selling 50,000 records.
Possibly brought on by his Healing in the Heartland relief concert for Oklahoma tornado victims, Blake Shelton jumps to No. 5 with Based on a True Story, selling 42,000 and rising from No. 16 last week. Darius Rucker, who took part in the relief special, falls to No. 6 this week with his True Believers moving 41,000 copies.
The Great Gatsby soundtrack, Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (helped by an iTunes Sessions EP released last week as well), Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City round out the Top 10.
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com