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Jack Johnson's 'Sea' Explodes on the Charts

Katy Perry's "California Gurls" tops the Hot 100 as the mellow singer-songwriter scores third consecutive Number One

June 9, 2010 3:13 PM ET

After weeks of slow sales and chart-toppers who moved less than 100,000 copies of their discs, Jack Johnson's newest disc To the Sea exploded out of the gate, cruising to Number One on the Billboard 200 with 243,000 copies sold in its debut week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, 114,000 copies, nearly half Johnson's total, came courtesy of digital downloads. To the Sea also marks Johnson's third consecutive album to top the charts following 2006's Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George and 2008's Sleep Through the Silence, which moved 375,000 copies in its first seven day.

The rest of the Top 10 remained largely unchanged. Last week's champ Glee, The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers dropped down to Number Three with 45,000 copies while Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 captured Number Two with 52,000. New arrivals didn't provide much sales relief — besides Johnson only Taio Cruz's Rokstarr managed to break into the Top 10, debuting at Number Eight with 24,000 copies.

On the Hot 100, Katy Perry's "California Gurls," which debuted four weeks ago, finally made its way to Number One making it the fastest-climbing Capitol single since the Beatles' "Penny Lane" and Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" accomplished the same feat back in 1967, Billboard reports. "California Gurls," which will likely receive a boost thanks to Perry and Snoop Dogg's performance at the MTV Movie Awards, sold 318,000 downloads last week to lead digital singles for the third consecutive week. Perry also brought to an end Usher's "OMG" run at Number One.

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