Drake and Tom Petty lead album charts

Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:12pm EDT
 
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Canadian rapper Drake's debut album flew to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, while Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came in at No. 2 with their highest ranking since 1980.

Drake's "Thank Me Later" sold 447,000 copies during the week ended June 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the third-best sales week of the year, surpassed only by the opening rounds of Sade's "Soldier of Love" (502,000 in February) and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (481,000 in January).

The entire top four slots housed new entries for the first time since last December.

Petty's "Mojo," his first album with the Heartbreakers since 2002's "The Last DJ," sold 125,000 copies. It marks the veteran rock act's best debut sales week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991 and its highest charting album since 1980's "Damn the Torpedos" peaked at No. 2. "Mojo" sales were aided by a successful concert ticket/album download offer, which accounted for a fair amount of the set's first week.

Sarah McLachlan's "Laws of Illusion" opened at No. 3 with 94,000 copies. Her last proper studio album, 2003's "Afterglow," started at No. 2 with 361,000. (In the interim, she charted with two remix sets, a live effort, a rarities collection, a greatest hits package and a holiday album.)

The "Now 34" hits compilation followed at No. 4 with 88,000. It's the first album in the main "Now" series -- not counting its various genre-specific offshoots -- to debut with less than 100,000 since the first "Now" compilation started with 48,000 in 1998.

Jack Johnson's "To The Sea" slipped one to No. 5 (68,000), the "Eclipse" soundtrack dropped four to No. 6 (55,000), Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" was off one to No. 7 (47,000), Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" held at No. 8 (40,000) and Christina Aguilera's "Bionic" slid six to No. 9 (40,000). Last week's No. 1, "Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals," slid to No. 10 (39,000).

Overall album sales totaled 6.14 million units, up 9% compared from the previous week, but down 9% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date sales are off 11%.