Jack Johnson sets sail at No. 1 on U.S. pop chart

Wed Jun 9, 2010 2:39pm EDT
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Jack Johnson claimed his third No. 1 album on the anemic U.S. pop chart on Wednesday, despite suffering a large slide in sales.

Johnson's "To The Sea" sold 243,000 copies during the week ended June 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio set, "Sleep Through the Static," debuted at No. 1 in 2008 with 375,000 copies.

Still, the album breaks an eight-week long streak of No. 1s selling less than 200,000 -- where five of those weeks were sub-100,000 frames.

"To The Sea" helped perk up the overall market a bit, with 5.16 million albums sold last week -- up 4% from the woefully low 4.98 million the week previous. That tally was the lowest since Nielsen SoundScan started keeping records in 1994.

Year-to-date album sales stand at 130.6 million, down 11% compared to the same total at this point last year.

Downloads made up 114,000 of "Sea's" first week -- nearly half of the set's overall figure. In terms of download units, it's the biggest week for an album since late-January, when the digital-exclusive charity compilation "Hope For Haiti Now" set sold 143,000 downloads in its second week.

Overall, "To The Sea" is Johnson's fifth top 10 album. He achieved his first chart-topper in 2006, when the "Curious George" soundtrack bowed with 163,000 copies.

Last week's No. 1 album, "Glee: The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers," fell to No. 3 with 45,000 copies. Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" rose one to No. 2 with 52,000.   Continued...

<p>Musician Jack Johnson performs at Apple's "Let's Rock" media event in San Francisco, California September 9, 2008. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith</p>