May 20, 2010 / 12:04 AM / 8 years ago

Justin Bieber rules pop chart as sales slump

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber returned to the top of the U.S. pop chart Wednesday with the second-lowest sales tally for a No. 1 album since tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan started keeping data in May 1991.

Bieber’s “My World 2.0” sold 60,300 copies during the week ended May 16, jumping four places to mark a fourth non-consecutive week at the top. The album originally debuted at No. 1 on March 31. Sales to date stand at 1.04 million.

The record low at No. 1 came in January 2007, when the “Dreamgirls” soundtrack spent its second of two weeks at No. 1 with a shade more than 60,000 sold.

Overall album sales hit a record low in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Sales totaled 5.32 million units, down 12% compared to the previous week, and down 9% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date album sales are off 10 percent.

Last week’s No. 1 album, Godsmack’s “The Oracle,” slid to No. 9 with just under 43,000, taking its two-week total to 117,500.

The top 10 contained four new releases.

New York rock band the National arrived at No. 3 with its fifth full-length album “High Violet,” selling 51,000 — its best week ever. Its last set, “Boxer,” debuted and peaked at No. 68 in 2007.

The Dead Weather debuted at No. 5 with “Sea of Cowards,” selling 45,000. It’s the second album in less than a year for the Jack White side project, whose “Horehound” debuted at No. 6 last July with 51,000 copies.

Eighteen-year-old singer Charice came in at No. 8 with her self-titled debut, selling 43,000 copies. Rock band As I Lay Dying’s “Powerless Rise” bowed at No. 10 with 38,000. Its last set, “An Ocean Between Us,” debuted and peaked at No. 8 with 39,000 in 2007.

Elsewhere, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” held at No. 2 with 54,000, and AC/DC’s companion album to “Iron Man 2” climbed four to No. 4 with 48,000.

Carole King and James Taylor’s “Live at the Troubadour” slipped two to No. 6 in its second week with 44,000, and Usher’s “Raymond v Raymond” rose three to No. 7 with 43,200.

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