June 9, 2010 / 4:49 PM / in 7 years

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

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.

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

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.

There was no change among the albums ranked at No. 4 (Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” 41,000), No. 5 (Usher’s “Raymond v Raymond,” 35,000) and No. 6 (Lady Gaga’s “The Fame,” 33,000). Carole King and James Taylor’s “Live at the Troubadour” rose two to No. 7 with 25,000.

New entries claimed the next two spots: Taio Cruz’s debut album “Rokstarr” at No. 8 with 24,000 copies; and Clay Aiken’s covers album “Tried & True” at No. 9 with 22,000. The “American Idol” finalist’s last studio release, “On My Way Here,” opened at No. 4 with 94,000 in 2008.

Ke$ha’s “Animal” rebounded seven places to No. 10 with 20,000.

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